Monday night, November 20th, the Miami-Dade Republican Executive Committee met to elect a new State Committeeman to replace suspended and legally embroiled City of Miami Commissioner Alex Diaz de la Portilla. One attendee said, “And tonight we go to Piraeus.” Apparently referencing Plato’s dialogue disparaging the dangers of party politics in a democracy. Yet another said something about the Magic City Social Club electing one of its own.
Regardless, the Committee elected Miami Dade Commissioner Kevin Cabrera by a wide margin against five other candidates who made a valiant struggle against the political machine. We do have to acknowledge that Chairman Alex Rizo and Vice-Chairman Kevin Cooper did open the position up to non-REC members. However, there was no communication to any of the approximately 450 thousand Republicans registered in Miami-Dade County. We would hope that in the spirit of registering more Republicans and getting them to the polls, this practice will change.
In recent years, the REC, which is the county arm of the Republican Party of Florida, has maintained a closed-door policy where voting members are nominated behind closed doors and elected in members-only proceedings. In a time where most Republicans claim to want to fight the SWAMP, it is a paradox that membership comes across as an elite social club. The other members unsuccessfully running for State Committeeman told stories about horrific immigrant situations, being treated like Uncle Toms as newly Republican black members, and the lack of democratic policy in the operations of the precincts. Election Integrity was also mentioned as a major issue as we go into the 2024 election cycle with still many unresolved questions regarding the 2020 election.
One candidate outlined the precinct plan. Miami-Dade County has about 1000 precincts and 1.6 million registered voters. It was suggested that the REC actively recruit voting precinct captains to register new voters, activate them to vote, and recruit excellent and electable candidates for office. Unfortunately, this aspect was not well received by current REC leadership as it would likely lead to more management effort for REC leadership and be distinctly likely that there would be a complete change in the REC leadership structure.
Lastly, it was announced in the meeting that Mrs. Hayley Ross was running for Miami-Dade School Board in District 3 against three liberals who are all registered democrats. We have subsequently learned that the leading democratic candidate in District 3, Enid Weisman, the former mayor of Aventura, will be withdrawing to spend more time with her family. The Republican Social Club of Miami is alive and well.