Broward Republican secretary Rupert Tarsey, who beat a young woman with a claw hammer a decade ago, gets to keep his party post, even though the state party chairman said he's an embarrassment and should resign.
Florida Republican Chairman Blaise Ingoglia said Wednesday he doesn't have the power to remove Tarsey. He said it's the responsibility of Republicans in Broward County to clean up the mess they created.
The Broward Republican Party was rocked over the Labor Day weekend as party members learned that Tarsey beat a high school classmate with a claw hammer in a 2007 incident in California.
Tarsey was a 17-year-old student at an exclusive private high school. Police said the victim, a fellow student, was left with a broken leg and a broken nose.
Her mother, a physician, said the victim was struck 40 times and her scalp was split. "Her hair and face were caked with blood," she said. "On the left side, her head was shaped like a football."
The criminal case, originally a felony, ended with a sentence of probation and no jail or prison time. Years later, his legal team got a court to amend it to a misdemeanor.
"I don't think that Tarsey should be an officer, or even a member, of any Republican Party given his past history and current penchant for intentionally misleading people. He should have resigned for the good of the Party and unfortunately, he did not," Ingoglia told the Sun Sentinel via email. "I also believe anybody with a criminal record embarrasses the Party and should resign."
Ingoglia also said the county party's leadership is "in complete disarray [and] is damaging the Republican Party to further their own personal agendas."
Tarsey changed his name, moved to Florida and got involved in the Donald Trump presidential campaign and local Republican politics. In May, after the previous Broward Republican Party secretary resigned, Tarsey was picked over two other candidates in a special party election to fill the vacancy.
Ingoglia criticized the Broward Republican Party, which it said "elected him without performing their due diligence. Now, the local [county party] members have the ability to remove him."
The California case has no bearing on whether he could serve the Republican Party, Tarsey said Wednesday.
"There's lots of members in both political parties that have misdemeanors on their records. That's not really relevant," Tarsey said.
"In a ruling sent to Broward Republican leaders Wednesday afternoon, Ingoglia resolved grievances filed against Tarsey by Broward Republican Chairman Bob Sutton and against Sutton by Tarsey.
Ingoglia placed Tarsey probation for a year and ordered him to improve his performance as the county party's secretary.
Ingoglia also put Sutton on probation for six months and ordered him to make changes in the way he's operating the local Republican Party.
Tarsey's background came up before the state party Grievance Committee, but the committee's recommendations, which were imposed by Ingoglia, instead focused on each man's complaint about how the other conducted his party duties.
"We are a party of rules and process," Ingoglia said. If either Tarsey or Sutton violates the terms of the party probation, he'll be removed.
"If that's what Blaise wants, that's fine with me," Sutton said, adding he hadn't yet had a chance to review the order. "Blaise is the chairman. Whatever ruling he makes, that's his decision."
Sutton said he can work with Tarsey as long as he's secretary, adding, "I can work with anybody." But he agreed with Ingoglia that Tarsey shouldn't be a Republican Party leader.
"I don't think anybody that took a hammer to a female is good for the Republican brand," Sutton said.
Tarsey said he could work with Sutton but declined to elaborate."
Hammer time in the GOP.
Obviously the only concern here is what's best for the Republican brand, right?
Perception over reality has become the go-to policy for the GOP.
Police said the victim, a fellow student, was left with a broken leg and a broken nose.
Misdemeanor? Let me guess Tarsey is a rich white kid.
What would you do to the guy that did that to your daughter?
"What would you do to the guy that did that to your daughter?"
Haven't you been paying attention? They'd give away their daughter in marriage to such an un-cucked Alpha.
OMG, I live in Broward but this is news to me. I have been watching the local news regularly lately but mysteriously no mention of this has been seen. I honestly can't fathom why any Broward Co. Republican would tolerate this animal being an officer in their party or even a member of their party unless.....all Republicans actually have sold their souls to the Devil. The Party of family values just hides whose family values they favor; as in Lucifer's family values. I'd truly be ashamed to be a Republican today.
"... and your point is.... ????"
She had no point, that is a talking point post which was the best talking point she could access on a thread which revealed actual evil in the ranks of the Republicans.
He should probably go. But my problem with this case, like so many, is changing the results of legal cases after the fact. He was convicted of a felony, paid some lawyers to reduce it to a misdemeanor a decade later, and would probably have had it expunged at some point. Same thing happens in the military. A person is discharged with a DD or OTH, they wait awhile and then petition to have their record cleaned up. As far as I'm concerned, court rulings should be permanent. If you commit a crime, you cant un-commit it. And the argument about it disenfranchising or stigmatizing people for life is bunk. Don't commit the crime and you wont have a problem.
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