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Broward GOP chair suddenly quits...and then there is silence

This was a faster divorce than some celebrity marriages: Broward GOP chairman Rico Petrocelli sent a letter Tuesday announcing that he was quitting and cited "irreconcilable differences" with the board. His peers on the Broward Republican Executive Committee elected him to the post just two months ago. Petrocelli, a former Plantation council member, will remain a precinct committeeman.

Petrocelli won't elaborate and so far, nor will his board.

The board plans to meet tonight to discuss Petrocelli's departure. Vice chair Christine Butler will take over as interim chair until an election is held in 60 days.

Lots of potential candidates have been mentionned including former Davie town mayor Tom Truex who lost a chair bid in 2010 and Karen Harrington who lost two races to U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Weston) by a landslide.

It is not easy being a Republican in the Democratic-dominant county of Broward. But an organized Broward GOP can make a difference in statewide elections. The question is whether the group can unite behind a leader and a functional board to encourage the more than 250,000 registered Republicans to get out and vote in 2014.

The Broward GOP has had a lot of turnover in the chair position in recent years. The Broward Democrats face the opposite situation -- Mitch Ceasar has been at the helm since 1996 (and faced serious challengers in 2008 and 2012 who said it was time for a change.)