GOP Chair Resigns

West Boca News has just been alerted that the Chair of the Palm Beach County REC (Republican Executive Committee), Ira Sabin, has resigned.
We received this statement:

To the REC membership,
I hereby resign my position as Chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party effective immediately.
I am also resigning my position as Committeeman from Precinct 5128 also effective immediately.
It has been my honor to serve as your Chairman,

Ira Sabin was elected chair in a close vote earlier this year. He is a resident of West Boca, and in our experience he seems like a good guy.
Per BizPac Review:

Rumors had circulated for months that Sabin’s abrasive personality had alienated the party’s major, longtime donors, forcing the cash-strapped party in June to close its office and cut the hours of its two full-time employees.
Sabin’s inability to fundraise for the party was one of the main reasons he faced calls for his resignation.

WBN has previously heard similar accusations. From what we have seen, the amount of money involved is trivial and the money goes to consultants, rather than for the local party. A prime example of that is the upcoming Boca Raton fundraiser for Richard DeNapoli, a candidate for State House in Sarasota. He’s backed by a slew of Palm Beach REC insiders:

You are invited to a Reception with Richard DeNapoli, Candidate for House District 74
Monday, September 30, 2013
The Meatball Room, Regency Court Shopping Center, 3011 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33496
5:15 P.M. Photo-Op 5:45 P.M. General Reception
For More Information, or to RSVP [e-mail address omitted]
Contributions for the Event:
Photo Reception – $100.00 per individual & attend the Photo Reception & General Reception.
General Reception $20 per individual & attend the General Reception.
Host Committee:
Hon. Ellyn Bogdanoff, Hon. Don Daley, Hon. Bill Diamond, Hon. Bill Hager, Hon. Katie Leach, Hon. George LeMieux, Hon. George Moriatis, Hon. Tom Powers, Hon. Hal Valeche, Hon. Christopher Vincent, Janeen Capizola, Sid Dinerstein, Jack Furnari, Philip Nicozisis, Greg Ringdahl, Keith Sonderling, Cindy Tindell, Bradley Vialpando

Note that the BizPac Review article is written by one of the Host Committee members, along with one of the site’s founders. Insiders we recognize are shown in bold. And the RSVP e-mail address on the invite also corresponds to an insider consultant.
For those who think the GOP is dominated by money, this is an example of it. But there is a movement within the GOP to restore the power of the people, along with fiscal responsibility, sound money, and the principles of liberty. If you’re that kind of Republican, then there’s plenty of room for you in the REC.

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