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Brow GOP activist who sparked gay marriage debate quits


The secretary of the Broward Republican Executive Committee who caused some infighting over her support for gay marriage has resigned due to moving to another state.

Cara Pavalock, an attorney, said she recently resigned due to moving to Connecticut for a job. The party group will hold an election to replace Pavalock on Jan. 27. In October, BREC members defeated an effort to remove Pavalock after she emailed fellow activists encouraging them to support Republicans who supported gay marriage (hat tip Broward Politics). 

Though the secretary position isn’t as visible as the chair, how candidates address or avoid the topic of gay marriage -- and how the roomful of activists respond -- could provide a window into whether the topic of gay marriage will remain a divisive topic as activists try to turn their focus on the 2014 statewide election.

Carolyn Kennedy, a Cooper City activist running for secretary, told Naked Politics: “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman.” However, “everyone is entitled to their opinion. I don’t think as an organization we need to take a stand.”

This year one of the main challenges for the Broward GOP is to attract the growing group of independent voters who now outnumber registered Republicans by about 40,000. In addition to turning out the vote to help Gov. Rick Scott, the Broward GOP is expected to lend a hand to local Republican candidates including their former chairman County Commissioner Chip LaMarca who faces a tough re-election battle against former Commissioner Ken Keechl, an openly gay Democrat.