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Local Republicans want to give one GOP candidate a loyalty test.

Dean A. Black, chairman of the Republican Party of Duval County, issued the following statement:

“As Chairman of the Republican Party of Duval County, I’ve watched the unfolding of Anna Brosche’s campaign with a great deal of concern.

“It’s unfortunate that Brosche has decided to run against a popular and successful Republican mayor who enjoys broad bipartisan support. What makes it all the more troubling is that she appears to be moving in lock-step with officials of the local Democratic Party who’s only objective is to obstruct Mayor Lenny Curry.

“Now that she’s hired the former Executive Director of the state Democratic Party to run her campaign and has engineered a vote by the local Democratic Party that will help her secure additional support from its officials, it’s clear that Brosche has turned on her own party. To make matters worse, the Democratic Party officials and progressive activists who are behind Brosche have now admitted that their support is part of a larger strategy to defeat Donald Trump. According to Tracye Polson, the liberal Democrat who lost her race for the Florida House of Representatives in November and who hosted a recent fundraiser for Brosche, “If we want to stop Trump we must help elect [Anna Brosche.]”

“I believe our elected officials have a duty to be bipartisan and to put the best interests of the citizens of the City of Jacksonville ahead of other considerations. But it’s wrong for self-serving politicians like Brosche to ally herself with the leadership of the opposition party; a party that would rather tear down Mayor Curry than field a candidate of its own from the 250,000 members of its own party here in Duval County.

“As Chairman of the Republican Party I cannot allow Brosche to continue to cynically deceive and manipulate Jacksonville’s voters. I call on Anna Brosche to issue an unequivocal statement repudiating the support of the Democratic Party and its officials.

“Duval County Republicans deserve to know if Brosche has any loyalty to the Republican Party and they deserve to know now.”

So, do party officials think Brosche is a Trojan horse rather than a dark horse?

Or, are they choosing one local Republican over another?

The party expressed no condemnation of Curry, a former head of the local party, for his TV ads touting his support from longtime Democrat politician and former mayor Tommy Hazouri.

Brosche might or might not repudiate former Democrat Party support, but I doubt that she would turn down any votes from Democrats.

Nor would Curry.

Lloyd Brown
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Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida.  He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union.  He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.

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