Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio, Rick Scott weigh in on Kavanaugh

Gov. Rick Scott (left) and Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio all weighed in this morning on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson announced on Twitter this morning that he will vote against confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court while Republican Sen. Marco Rubio issued a lengthy statement supporting Kavanaugh.

Nelson’s challenger in the November Senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott, responded to Nelson’s announcement by accusing him of being a puppet of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. Scott later issued a statement supporting Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

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Nelson’s decision wasn’t surprising as he also voted against President Donald Trump‘s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the high court last year.

Scott tweeted from his campaign account that Nelson was “always going to do exactly what your party leaders told you do do. You decided no before you even knew who the nominee was. Your vote does not even belong to you – it belongs to @SenSchumer.”

Later, Scott issued a statement saying he found Christine Blasey Ford‘s testimony that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s when both were teenagers “convincing.” But Scott said he also found Kavanaugh’s denial convincing and supports his confirmation.

Scott said both Ford and Kavanaugh “have been used and abused as pawns in a partisan Washington political theater, which is clearly the product of career politicians playing games at the expense of these individuals’ lives and reputations. This hearing was a very good example of why we need term limits in Washington.

“I don’t know what happened 36 years ago in suburban Maryland. The truth is that none of us really know. So, I have to go with what I do know – Judge Kavanaugh has been a fair and brilliant Judge, one of our nation’s very best. He should be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

In his statement, Rubio said: “This entire ordeal is indicative of something that goes beyond the nomination before us. It has revealed how our culture has become increasingly sick and demented, unmoored from the values upon which this great nation was founded and which have allowed our society to flourish.”

Rubio said both Ford and Kavanaugh offered testimony that was “unequivocal, compelling and heartbreaking.”

Rubio added: “Under these circumstances, I must make my decision on the basis of evidence and established facts. Especially since voting against Judge Kavanaugh would no longer be simply a rejection of his nomination, but an endorsement of the serious allegations against him.

“I will not vote against the nomination of someone who I am otherwise inclined to support and in the process add credence to charges which have already done permanent damage to his reputation, on the basis of allegations for which there is no independent corroboration and which are at odds with everything else we have heard about his character.”

 

He’s back! Jeff Greene re-launches TV ads ahead of Dem primary

Jeff Greene has reconsidered his decision to yank his TV ads.

A day after halting his eight-figure TV advertising campaign, billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene has decided to go back on the air ahead of Tuesday’s Florida Democratic primary for governor.

Greene spent more than $20 million on TV through Aug. 10, but spokeswoman Claire VanSusteren announced a change of strategy on Thursday.

“We are really focusing on get-out-the-vote. Jeff feels like we saturated the airwaves when people were paying attention,” VanSusteren said at the time.

VanSusteren today said Greene has decided to go back on the air in South Florida, Orlando and Jacksonville.

After attacking rivals Gwen Graham and Philip Levine in some of his ads, the current Greene spot is positive.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/286361559″>&quot;The Closer&quot;</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/jeffgreeneforflorida”>Jeff Greene</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

“The Democrats for governor…all care about a lot of issues — but it’s all just talk if we don’t win the governor’s race,” says Greene, who says his $3.3 billion net worth to lift Democrats up and down the ticket if he’s the nominee.

“Democrats — just imagine what we can do together,” Greene says at the end of the ad.

The Greene campaign is touting a Gravis Marketing poll that shows Greene in second place with 19 percent behind Graham at 26 percent in the five-candidate field.

The Greene camp’s internal polls are “similar,” VanSusteren said. “They’re really showing that this is anybody’s race…Our internal polling indicates there is a path to victory.”

Democrats could grab 6-1 advantage on Palm Beach County commission

Boca Raton City Councilman Bob Weinroth (left) chats with Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner in Tallahassee in January. Democrat Weinroth is well-positioned to join Kerner on the commission.(George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Democrats are well-positioned to claim a 6-1 advantage on the Palm Beach County commission after Republicans failed to field candidates for two seats and were left with only a political unknown to run in a seat the GOP has held for more than a quarter century.

Democrats hold five of seven commission seats now.

As the candidate filing deadline passed at noon Friday, no Republican filed in commission District 2 or District 6 — seats that are already held by Democrats and where Democrats have strong registration advantages.

In Republican-held District 4, which includes coastal Delray Beach and Boca Raton, the only GOP candidate to file was William “Billy” Vale, who through May 31 had raised a mere $5,522 for his campaign. Boca Raton City Councilman Robert Weinroth, a Democrat, opened a campaign for the District 4 seat earlier this year and had raised more than $112,000 by the end of May.

District 4 is divided nearly evenly between Republican and Democratic voters and has elected only Republicans — Mary McCarty and Steven Abrams — since the commission went to a district-by-district election format in 1990.

Palm Beach County Commission District 4 includes southern coastal communities and all of Boca Raton.

With Abrams facing term limits this year, many expected former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie to keep the seat in GOP hands. But Haynie withdrew from the race after being charged with official misconduct in April.

County GOP Chairman Michael Barnett announced plans to run for the seat, as did former Delray Beach City Commissioner Christina Morrison. Barnett backed out last week and Morrison, after holding a campaign kickoff event Wednesday, said Friday she concluded she couldn’t win.

“I just didn’t see a clear path to victory. I got in way too late,” Morrison said.

Barnett said it’s too soon to write off the seat.

“There will be a race,” Barnett said. Asked about Vale, the party chairman said, “I don’t know much about him. I’d like to talk to him, like to meet him.”

‘Different kind of billionaire’ Jeff Greene says he could spend $100 million on governor’s race

Jeff Greene in 2016. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

After getting off to a late start in the Florida governor’s race, billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene says he’ll spend “whatever it takes” from his personal fortune to win the Democratic nomination and the general election.

“I’m prepared to spend whatever it takes. I’m not going to take my foot off the accelerator this time. I’m going to get my message out there,” Greene told The Palm Beach Post in an interview late Tuesday. Forbes estimated Greene’s net worth at $3.8 billion last year.

Greene, who spent about $24 million of his own money on a losing 2010 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, was asked if he’s willing to spend that amount again.

“It’s going to be a significant multiple of that through the general election. To go all the way through the general election in a statewide race against a very well-funded Republican machine, it could be $100 million,” said Greene. He wouldn’t estimate how much he’ll spend on the five-candidate Aug. 28 primary.

“We’ll be on the air and we’ll be doing everything you do in a campaign to win it,” said Greene, who said his TV ads should start appearing soon.

Greene has signed onto “The Giving Pledge,” in which wealthy people promise to give a majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes.

“We’re going to give away more than half of our net worth to philanthropy anyway and the only purpose of doing that is to make a difference. So I don’t care what I spend on this,” Greene said.

Greene’s wealth was used against him in the 2010 Democratic Senate primary, but he said he’ll be more aggressive this time in telling his story of starting with modest means and working hard since he was a teenager.

“When people know my story, which they really didn’t last time, and they really understand I’m not some guy who just won the lottery last week, some loser who became a billionaire, but they understand that I’m a different kind of billionaire. I’m a Kennedy-Rockefeller billionaire that really is intent on making a difference — not a Donald Trump billionaire who basically comes up with phony universities to rip people off and doesn’t pay his workers and just is kind of the wrong kind of guy,” said Greene, who lives two properties south of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club and is a member there.

Four other Democrats are in the race: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Winter Park businessman Chris King and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. Greene filed candidate papers June 1. The Democratic winner will face the winner of the GOP primary between Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

The shocking truth about gerrymandering from Jon Meacham in West Palm Beach

Presidential historian Jon Meacham at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch on Tuesday. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

WEST PALM BEACH — In addition to weighing in on the meaning of the American revolution and the perils of political tribalism during a Tuesday Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch, Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham made a surprising revelation about gerrymandering.

In case you’ve forgotten high school civics or the last decennial brawl over redistricting, gerrymandering is the centuries-old practice of drawing legislative boundaries, often in bizarrely contorted shapes, to maximize the influence of the political party in control.

During an audience question-and-answer session after his prepared remarks on Tuesday, Meacham was asked about the U.S. Supreme Court’s expected ruling on a gerrymandering case this year.

Meacham surprised many in the crowd of more than 600 at the Kravis Center by insisting the term be pronounced with a hard “G,” as in “Gary,” rather than the more widely used soft “G,” as in “George.”

“Will you all take a campaign of mine forward? Will you promise me this?” Meacham said. “With all respect, it’s (pronounced) ‘Gary-mandering.’ It drives me crazy. It’s OK — everyone does it. And it drives me insane.”

Original Boston Gazette political cartoon from 1812 ridiculing Massachusetts “Gerry-mander.” (image from Library of Congress)

Gerrymandering gets its name from Elbridge Gerry, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, proponent for the Bill of Rights and vice president under James Madison. Many historians, and the Library of Congress, note that Gerry pronounced his name with a hard “G” that has somehow softened over the ensuing centuries.

As governor of Massachusetts in 1812, Gerry signed a redistricting plan that benefited his Democratic-Republican party. The electoral map included a district with a shape that a Boston Gazette political cartoon compared to a salamander.

The term “Gerry-mander” was born.

“It was named after Elbridge Gerry from Massachusetts,” Meacham reminded the Forum Club audience, using the hard “G.”

Meacham acknowledged that those who use the soft “G” have plenty of company, including former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Holder is leading a Democratic Party effort to fight Republican gerrymandering in key states when the next round of redistricting occurs after the 2020 census.

“Eric Holder does the same thing and he’s running that whole thing so I’ve asked him to do it,” Meacham said of his pronunciation plea. “He was uninterested.”

 

Democrat Chris King seeks the ‘bold and progressive’ lane in governor’s race

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King campaigning west of Delray Beach on Monday. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

WEST DELRAY — As he tries to break out of a crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary field, Winter Park businessman Chris King — the only candidate who has never run for elected office — told a liberal group here Monday that he’s the candidate of new ideas and “a new politics.”

“In a nutshell, I am the candidate that says that this is a moment for new ideas and fresh ways of thinking,” King told about 50 women at a meeting of a group called SEE. “I am the candidate that folks say is willing to take very bold and progressive positions, not always because they’re helpful politically, but because they’re right for the future of our state.”

Those positions include flat-out opposition to the death penalty, support for legalizing marijuana for recreational use, free community college and trade school, expanded affordable housing programs and a pledge not to accept any money from the sugar industry.

Monday’s appearance was part of an 11-county “Turning the Tide” tour focused on criminal justice reforms that King began last week.

Chris King says “big ideas” separate him from his Democratic primary rivals. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

King, 39, has languished in single digits in most Democratic polls, but a Florida Atlantic University poll this month showed him getting 10 percent of the Democratic vote — within striking distance of former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine (16 percent) and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham (15 percent) and ahead of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. And that was before King went on the airwaves with his first TV ad last week.

The SEE group, which President Dana Aberman said was formed the day after Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016, displayed a sign that said “Womens Rights are Human Rights” at the meeting and one that depicted a clenched fist with “Rise and Organize.” Another sign offered Laurence W. Britt‘s 14 “Early Warning Signs of Fascism,” which include “Powerful and Continuing Nationalism,” “Controlled Mass Media” and “Corporate Power is Protected.”

There was much discussion of gun control in the aftermath of Friday’s mass shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. King supports a ban on “assault”-style weapons and universal background checks for gun purchases. He said the 2016 Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando and February’s mass slaying at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have created a new type of activist who is not only interested in gun control.

“They want a new politics. They want an aspirational politics. They want to take on folks that have not gotten things done, whether it’s gun safety or affordable housing or health care and they want new leaders who are willing to do big things. And that’s been our story,” King said.

King said he wants to “end the death penalty once and for all” — a position that puts him to the left of his Democratic rivals.

Graham “personally opposes the death penalty but will enforce Florida law,” her campaign said Monday. Gillum “is in favor of it, but very sparingly,” a campaign spokesman said. Levine’s campaign said he is “not an advocate of the death penalty,” but “in certain and rare circumstances, the death penalty should not be ruled out.”

King said in an interview that his willingness to stake out such positions should convince a plurality of Democratic primary voters “to see me as the candidate of fresh ideas and a new perspective on politics, a Democrat who can win and a Democrat who can be transformative. So everything I do will be trying to convince folks of that.”

With a little more than three months until the Aug. 28 primary, King said, “the race right now is incredibly wide open…..I’m going against three candidates that have been in the political world – they or their families – for years and years and years. I’m the new guy. So I have more of a burden to introduce myself. But I think there’s an incredible opportunity to do that.”

Trump fan club adds disclaimer after cease-and-desist letter from Trump lawyer

Old logo (top) for the Trump Team 2020 Florida Republican Club has been modified to include disclaimer (highlighted below) as well as a picture of Trump with the club’s president, Annie Marie Delgado.

After being accused by one of President Donald Trump‘s campaign lawyers of falsely representing itself as an affiliate of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, a Palm Beach County-based Trump fan club has added a disclaimer to its Facebook page.

The club also added a picture of Trump in a thumbs-up pose with the club’s president, Annie Marie Delgado.

“Disclaimer: Trump Team 2020 Florida Republican Club is chartered by the Republican Party of Florida and is not affiliated with ANY candidate,” says the new wording in small type on the club’s Facebook page.

Trump campaign attorney Lawrence Rosen last week sent Delgado a cease-and-desist later accusing the club of “falsely representing to the public that it is an affiliate and/or authorized agent of the campaign. Moreover, it appears that you are currently, and have been for some time, holding yourself out as a member of the campaign and/or as having the authority to act on its behalf during fundraising activities and in other contexts.”

Rosen’s letter demanded that Delgado and the club immediately stop the activities that Rosen deemed misleading and add a disclaimer saying the club “is not affiliated with, authorized, endorsed, or sponsored by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. or any of its affiliates.”

Delgado last week called Rosen’s claims “factually and totally and completely incorrect…Nowhere on (club materials) does it say that we are the Trump national campaign.” But she said adding a disclaimer would be a “great idea.”

Rosen did not respond to a call and email this week asking if the campaign is satisfied with the club’s changes.

U.S. fulfills Trump Jerusalem embassy pledge; Florida Republicans jubilant, Dems restrained

Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted this picture of himself with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called the opening of a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem “a great day for Florida, Israel and the United States.”

The U.S. recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and formally opened its embassy there today — fulfilling a campaign pledge of President Donald Trump and a stated goal of many politicians in both parties.

“Big day for Israel. Congratulations!” Trump tweeted this morning.

“Today is truly a historic day for America’s unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel,” said Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. “…The unequivocal recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital comes after presidents in both parties stalled our embassy’s rightful relocation to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. So I truly appreciate the Trump Administration for implementing U.S. law and finally moving our embassy.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who’s in Jerusalem for the occasion, tweeted a picture of himself with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and declared himself “Proud to join @netanyahu to celebrate the U.S. Embassy being moved to Jerusalem, where it belongs. Today is a great day for Florida, Israel and the United States. FL will continue to stand with Israel.”

Republican Scott is running for U.S. Senate against three-term Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, who also tweeted his support for the embassy move — while adding that problems remain in the Middle East.

“Big day for Israel,” President Donald Trump said of the embassy opening. Here’s Charlton Heston depicting another big day for Israel from the 1956 epic “The Ten Commandments.”

“Today we celebrate the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to its appropriate place in Jerusalem. But the hard work of helping bring about a secure and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians must go on,” Nelson said.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, also tempered her expression of support for the move.

“Opening the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel, symbolizes the enduring friendship between our nations,” said Frankel in a statement released by her office. “While I join Americans and Israelis in celebrating, I remain disappointed by the absence of a serious commitment to the two-state solution. Divorced from a broader peace process, relocation risks more violence between Israelis and Palestinians. I urge the Administration to put forward a plan with the goal of two states for two peoples, living side by side in peace, security and mutual recognition.”

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, a U.S. Army combat veteran who once volunteered with the Israeli Defense Forces, said the U.S. is “finally recognizing the truth by moving our embassy to the center of freedom in the Middle East and the capital of Israel, Jerusalem. I chose to volunteer alongside the IDF in Israel after serving in the Army because the United States and Israel share the common values of freedom and democracy. The Hamas-led terrorism erupting around the Middle East reaffirms that those who oppose Israel’s sovereignty are fueled by a murderous and hate-driven ideology in stark opposition to these values. Today’s move sends the clear message that the United States will support our allies and won’t tolerate affronts to human dignity.”

No congressional Democrats attended the ceremony in Jerusalem. But U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, said he would have gone.

“While I wasn’t there today, I would have loved to have participated in this historic and moving embassy dedication. Despite reaching out to the Administration, I was not invited to be a part of the official American delegation, but I look forward to visiting our embassy in Jerusalem next month,” Deutch said.

 

Florida governor’s money race: Donors bailed before Corcoran did; Soros weighs in again

 

House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam at Mar-a-Lago in March for the Palm Beach County GOP’s Lincoln Day dinner. Corcoran last week abandoned his quest for governor and endorsed Putnam. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, didn’t formally abandon plans to run for governor until last week, but his contributor base appears to have bailed on the idea several weeks earlier.

Corcoran’s Watchdog PAC was raising more than $900,000 a month between last June and Jan. 9, when the 2018 legislative session began and lawmakers were barred from raising campaign money. When the session ended  — and with it, much of Corcoran’s clout — his PAC raised $249,750 during the last 11 days of March, but then only $49,545 in the entire month of April.

Watchdog PAC spent more than $3 million after Feb. 1, much of it on a statewide TV ad depicting Corcoran as tough on illegal immigration. Despite the red-meat messaging for Republican primary voters, Corcoran did not appear to make major inroads in a GOP race that already included Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast.

Corcoran endorsed Putnam last week.

Watchdog PAC, which raised nearly $7 million, still had nearly $2 million in cash on hand at the beginning of May.

Other highlights of campaign finance reports released last week:

• Putnam remains the money leader with nearly $19 million in cash on hand between his campaign and Florida Grown PAC at the beginning of May.

• DeSantis has about $7 million in cash on hand. He’s running roughly even with Putnam in GOP primary polls despite spending less than $800,000 so far between his campaign and affiliated PAC.

• Democrat Philip Levine pumped another $2.2 million in personal money into the race last month, bringing his personal stake to nearly $8 million so far. Levine and a pro-Levine PAC have spent about $8 million on TV ads so far. He began May with about $3.5 million cash on hand.

• Democrat Gwen Graham raised about $1 million in April between her campaign and affiliated PAC. She began May with about $4.7 million in the bank.

• A political committee supporting Democrat Andrew Gillum got a $250,000 check from liberal megadonor George Soros in April. In all, Soros has given $450,000 and son Alex Soros has chipped in $50,000 to the Forward Florida PAC. Between the PAC and his campaign, Gillum began May with about $1.4 million in cash on hand.

• Democrat Chris King began May with about $1.6 million in the bank. The Winter Park businessman has put $2.1 million of his own money into the race.

 

Trump campaign attorney sends cease-and-desist letter to local Trump booster club

Screenshot from a Facebook video of the Trump Team 2020 Florida Republican Club’s meeting last week at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter.

The head of a Palm Beach County-based “Trump Team 2020 Florida Republican Club” says she’ll add disclaimers to the group’s materials specifying that it is not affiliated with President Donald Trump‘s 2020 re-election campaign after getting a cease-and-desist letter from a Trump campaign attorney.

The Monday letter from Trump campaign attorney Lawrence Rosen accused the club of misrepresenting itself and confusing the public and demands corrective action by Friday. Club president Annie Marie Delgado denied the claims in the letter, blaming “fake Republicans” for stirring up controversy. But Delgado said adding a disclaimer, as demanded by Rosen, would be a “great idea.”

 

Delgado’s club rented the ballroom at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter for its inaugural meeting last week and she estimated the club drew about 300 attendees who paid $35 to $55 for tickets. Her club is one of several such organizations formed around Florida since last year in an effort to harness the energy of Trump supporters who might not be interested in traditional Republican Party organizations.

A flyer for the Trump Team 2020 Florida Republican Club’s event at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter last week.

Some of the Trump clubs, including Delgado’s, are officially recognized by the Republican Party of Florida and subject to party rules, such as a requirement that only Republicans can speak at meetings.

“We are the ONLY Trump club in Palm Beach County officially sanctioned and chartered by the Republican Party of Florida,” said a flyer for the Trump Team 2020 event. The “officially sanctioned and chartered by the Republican Party of Florida” language also appears prominently atop the group’s Facebook page.

“It has come to the campaign’s attention that the Trump Team 2020 Florida Republican Club…is falsely representing to the public that it is an affiliate and/or authorized agent of the campaign,” Rosen’s letter says. “Moreover, it appears that you are currently, and have been for some time, holding yourself out as a member of the campaign and/or as having the authority to act on its behalf during fundraising activities and in other contexts.”

Delgado called those claims “factually and totally and completely incorrect…Nowhere on (club materials) does it say that we are the Trump national campaign.”

Rosen’s letter adds: “The likelihood that the public will be confused by your activities is heightened by (a) the club’s pronouncement that it is ‘officially sanctioned and chartered by the Republican Party of Florida;’ and (b) the sale of campaign related products at club events and on its social media pages.”

Rosen’s letter demands that the local club stop various activities that might confuse the public about its affiliation, “cleanse” its website of such material and to add a disclaimer to all its electronic and printed materials stating that the club is “not affiliated with, authorized, endorsed, or sponsored by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. or any of its affiliates.”

Delgado said after reading the letter that adding a disclaimer is “a great idea because that will certainly distinguish the frauds that are out there, not chartered…I will do whatever the RPOF requires and certainly whatever the Trump campaign requires.”

Delgado added: “It’s unfortunate that people that are not really Trump supporters are trying to attack me and Trump Team 2020. These are the same people that attack our president…fake Republicans. They are not on the president’s side.”

Former Palm Beach County Republican Chairman Sid Dinerstein, who spoke at the Delgado club’s meeting last week, said he did not think an attendee would confuse the event with an official campaign activity. He blamed internal GOP rivalries for the dispute.

“Not everybody in the Republican Party likes each other. That’s the best way I can put it…This seems to arise from that,” said Dinerstein.

Palm Beach County Republican Chairman Michael Barnett said he fielded complaints a few weeks ago about materials that said “Trump Team 2020 Florida” but did not include the word “club.”

“People raised the issue with me and I discussed it with her. I thought it was resolved,” Barnett said.

“These little spats and disputes that we’re having with each other don’t matter when we have an election to win,” Barnett said. “I hope that whatever beef the campaign has with her is addressed so we can move on.”

Delgado was paid $5,896 by the Trump campaign in March and April of 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records. The Republican National Committee also paid Delgado $1,250 for “political strategy services” in the fall of 2016 and $12,000 for three months of rent for phone bank and campaign space.

Another Trump club in Palm Beach County, known as “Club 45 PBC,” is not officially chartered by the GOP and has drawn hundreds of people to its meetings. That club hosted Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis at the Palm Beach Kennel Club last month.

Club 45 PBC Vice President Larry Snowden said his club didn’t put “Trump” in its name so it wouldn’t be confused with the official Trump campaign.

“We are no way involved with any other club including the one that you just mentioned and we try to stay out of any, for lack of a better term, squabbles,” Snowden said. “We’re just trying to do our own thing.”