Just three hours before Republicans plan to convene to elect a Broward party chairman, one of two candidates has dropped out.
Karen Harrington, who lost two elections in a row to U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, had sought to maintain a political career by leading the Broward Republican Party.
In an email at 4 p.m. Monday, she dropped out -- and claimed she got the victory she wanted because the current Republican chairman, Richard DeNapoli, isn't seeking a second term.
DeNapoli said weeks ago he's leaving because of a new job opportunity elsewhere in the state. He was supporting Rico Petrocelli, a former Plantation councilman and current party executive director, as the new chairman.
In her email bowing out, Harrington bashed DeNapoli, stating "that the leadership of Richard DeNapoli lacked the vision and competence to recover from this years devastating election cycle.... But with the announcement that Mr. DeNapoli decided not to seek reelection, there was less of a need for me, and the fine individuals who were running on my slate to become officers of BREC. We have collectively decided that there is no need to divide the party further by having an election Monday evening, wherein we believe the result will be like the last BREC election - decided by a few votes - which left the party divided for the last two years."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun