Republicans feast on chicken, politics at Lincoln Day dinner

PoliticsFort LauderdaleBroward CountyPort of MiamiEllyn BogdanoffRick ScottJim DeMint

Chicken, potatoes and asparagus – plus politics – were on the menu Monday night for the Broward Republican Party’s “Lincoln Day” fundraiser.

Most of the speeches, including Gov. Rick Scott’s keynote, were devoted to rallying the party faithful with rah-rah rhetoric.

State Rep. George Moraitis, R-Fort Lauderdale, was different in his assessment of the 2012 election results, which saw defeat of Republicans in all the key, closely contested local races. After the dust cleared, Moraitis was one of the few Republican victors (he’s the only Republican state legislator who lives in Broward County.)

“In a lot of ways we were outworked by the other party. I feel like the Democrats in a lot of ways wanted it a lot more than we did,” he said.

He said it’s going to take hard work by many Republicans – more than writing emails and posting on blogs – to win in 2014 and beyond.

One of those who lost last year, former state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, hinted she might run again, but didn’t say what or when.

“I can tell the audience. This is a news flash. Losing sucks,” she began.

“What I do know is politics is in my blood. I’m not going away. I have absolutely no intention of going away…. It’s time to go on and win in 2014,” she said.

Most of Scott’s keynote speech echoed the remarks he gives at all sorts of events, though they were a big more partisan than official gubernatorial speeches.

One note: He gave a shout out to Broward politicians and party leaders, but he referred to the expansion at the Port of Miami. It fell to Moraitis to bring up Broward’s Port Everglades.

County Commissioner Chip LaMarca spoke but didn’t stay to eat hotel banquet chicken. It was his 18th wedding anniversary, so LaMarca and his wife Eileen ate elsewhere.

Party leaders didn’t have an estimate about what they raised Monday night, but based on attendance and ticket prices -- $150 general admission and $300 for VIP reception – the event would have taken in $75,000.

That doesn’t include an extensive array of merchandise for sale at the silent auction. There were many signed books by conservative notables (Jim DeMint, Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, Barbara Bush) and lots of signed sports memorabilia (Billy Martin, Dan Marino, Brett Farve, Tim Tebow).

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