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Over 300 Republicans attend 2013 Broward Lincoln Day Dinner

Newly elected chairman Tom Truex stages successful party fundraiser

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Living up to his commitment for unity within the Broward Republican Party, recently elected Chairman Tom Truex announced Wednesday that over 300 Republicans attended the annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale on Monday.

Florida Governor Rick Scott was the featured keynote speaker at the Broward Republican Party event. Republican National Committee co-chair Sharon Day was introduced as special guest speaker while former state senator Ellyn Bogdanoff, county commissioner Chip LaMarca, state representative George Moriatis, and Plantation city commissioner Jerry Fadgen spoke on local Republican issues.

U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart appeared by video.   Also in attendance were former Broward Republican Party Chairmen Shane Strum, Kevin Tynan, Chip LaMarca, and Rico Petrocelli.

Prior to the dinner, BREC Chairman Tom Truex hosted a VIP Reception for nearly 200 that included Governor Rick Scott, RNC co-chair Sharon Day, Florida National Committeeman Peter Feaman, and a number of local, state, and federal officials as well as potential candidates for public office.

“The VIP reception offered an opportunity to chat one-on-one with Governor Rick Scott, the keynote speaker and RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day,” Truex told Examiner.  “Guests also had the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the party of Lincoln and solidify unity within local GOP circles.”

Taking the stage before his departure on a three-day trade mission to Chile, Governor Scott told the crowd that the GOP should win every election if Republicans would do a better job of telling their story to voters.

“I have not met one Floridian that should be anything but a Republican,” Scott proclaimed to Republicans in Florida’s second most populated Democratic county.

The GOP is the party of job creators and job creation – alluding to his success in bringing jobs to Florida during his short tenure as Governor.   Scott also said that the Republican party should also be the party of people who most rely on government social programs.

“Let’s say that you need a safety net,” Scott said. “Let’s say you need unemployment insurance or you need something to take care of you while times are hard before you get back on your feet, whether that’s health care, whether that’s unemployment insurance, whatever it is. Who pays for it? People that have jobs. So if you need anything from the government, any government, you should absolutely be a Republican because it won’t be there if it wasn’t for people who had jobs and build businesses.”

Scott continued: “Everybody in this room has their own American success story.  But here’s our problem. We don’t tell people.  We don’t tell people our stories. We don’t tell people why we’re Republicans, why they should be Republicans.”

“It’s in their best interest. There’s nobody that shouldn’t be a Republican. If they’re not, it’s our fault. It’s our fault that we’re not telling our story.”

Special guest and Republican National Committee co-Chair Sharon Day was also encouraged by the work of the Broward Republican Executive Committee and stated so in her speech to the packed room.

“It’s great to see so many Broward Republicans together in such a Democratic stronghold. Party unity and building the GOP from within is important if we’re to take back the Senate and the White House.”

While party leaders do not yet have an estimate on how much the event rose for the local Republican party, Chairman Truex was optimistic.

“The Lincoln Day Dinner was an overwhelming success,” concluded Truex.  “It was encouraging to see many new faces from throughout Broward. I look forward to 2014 and beyond.”

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