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Broward GOP interim chair reverses course to allow media at election

The press will be allowed to attend the Broward Republican Executive Committee election Monday night, a reversal of the plan earlier this week.

Interim chair Christine Butler, one of the candidates, had previously told the Miami Herald that the media would not be allowed to attend the election Monday. That stance drew criticism on blogs and one of her opponents, former Davie mayor Tom Truex, also spoke out against it

"People think you have something to hide when you don't conduct business in an open manner," Truex told the Miami Herald. 

Butler called the Miami Herald Friday to say that the full meeting Monday night will be open to the press. At future meetings, the press can attend to hear speakers and general announcements and then the media and other guests will be asked to leave for the member comments portion at the end of the meeting.

"It's not because we were not being transparent or wanted to hide anything," Butler said. However, "members want to be free to say what they like."

Other candidates include activists Bob Sutton and Jim Gleason. They are competing to replace Rico Petrocelli who quit after just a couple of months saying he had differences with the board.
The election will be held at the Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek in Fort Lauderdale. Members start gathering at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m.