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Mayhem at Orange REC



Does it seem like Republicans are acting more and more like Democrats used to? From the Orlando Sentinel: An internal fight in the local GOP turned even nastier last night when supporters of a splinter leadership group met in Winter Park to elect a new party chairman and an ugly confrontation broke out after the meeting. Supporters of Deon Long -- who lost a previous party chairman vote to Lew Oliver by just one vote -- met and roundly elected Long to take over the local party. Oliver says the election is meaningless and didn't comply with party rules. Here's some more background.


"They have gone from silly to delusional," Oliver said in an e-mail.

State party Chairman Jim Greer said Wednesday the splinter group's meeting and re-election was invalid, and the party's grievance committee is considering removing Long from party positions.

"Lew Oliver is the chairman," Greer said.

Deon supporters say last night's meeting met party requirements. They also plan to complain about one protester who attended, filmed the meeting, interrupted it and afterward, spewed racial slurs at Long, a former chairman of Florida Federation of Black Republicans. A pair who attended said police were called.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:28pm]


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