Fort Lauderdale TEA Party Leaders attacked for supporting the Republican Party Platform

Preserving and Protecting Traditional Marriage is a plank of Republican Party Platform. The What We Believe 2012 Republican Party Platform states, “The institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. Its success as an institution will determine our success as a nation. It has been proven by both experience and endless social studies that traditional marriage is best for children.”

Fort Lauderdale TEA Party member Danita Kilcullen sent out an email which pointed out that Republican Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and Republican school board candidate Heather Brinkworth (pictured above), who Governor Rick Scott recently appointed to the Broward County School Board, marched in the gay pride parade in Wilton Manors on June 21, 2014.

Kilcullen noted in her email, “You [Brinkworth] have clearly violated the policies stated quite plainly in the Platform of The Republican Party of Florida. This behavior proves to me that your words mean nothing and your loyalties are not with Traditional American Family Values as articulated by [the] RPOF, but to which ever way the political winds are blowing. Because of your betrayal and the overtly unethical standards inherent therein, I cannot support your election to The Broward School Board and shall actively work against your campaign.”

For pointing out the obvious Kilcullen and others from TEA Party Fort Lauderdale are now under attack.


Sun Sentinel Columnist Michael Mayo. Photo: Jim Rassol, Sun Sentinel.

Michael Mayo, Sun Sentinel Columnist in an oped titled “Tea Party sinks to new low with attacks on gay pride attendees” seems to miss the point of Kilcullen’s email. Mayo writes, “Some of the Tea Party’s recent repugnant homophobic behavior is no joke. These self-proclaimed watchdogs of true conservatism criticized two local Republicans for appearing at the annual Stonewall Anniversary/Gay Pride parade in Wilton Manors. As my colleague Anthony Man reported, an attack flier against Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and Broward School Board member Heather Brinkworth was distributed at a monthly Republican meeting. Local Tea Party leader Danita Kilcullen said she wasn’t responsible for the flier, but she sent out an email version with the same photos that began, ‘Whores chasing whores, if you will.'”

A question for Mr. Mayo: Why is supporting traditional families and not supporting homosexual behaviors “repugnant homophobic behavior”? Gee, isn’t name calling bullying? Is Mayo all up in arms because he is a homosexual, anti-traditional marriage or just a Saul Alinsky useful idiot? Has Mayo got his panties all twisted because someone wants to tell the truth about homosexuality and hold Republicans to the highest standards of political behavior, like following their own party’s platform?

May I humbly suggest that the flyer passed out at the Broward County Republican meeting was both fitting and proper. The flyer asked, “Is it worth selling your soul to the devil to get maybe 10 percent of a 1 percent homosexual voting block?” That is the point. Are Republicans going to stand by their own party’s platform, as they are sworn to do, or are they, like LaMarca and Brinkworth, simply pimping themselves for votes rather than standing on principles?

Mayo seems to be more worried by obesity and heart disease and  forgets that the cause of both is bad personal decisions. Homosexuality is also a bad personal decision. Mr. Mayo, why not condemn all bad behaviors that negatively impact the individual and society? Are you truthophobic or just a shill for Democrats and homosexuals. Aren’t you supposed to be “a watchdog” and expose bad behaviors, bad public policy and bad politicians?

TEA Party member Jack Gillies, got it right when he condemned same-sex marriage and cited a Bible passage from Leviticus calling homosexuality “an abomination.” But perhaps the greater abomination is when people like Mayo support it.

As Lutheran Minister Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed by Adolf Hitler, wrote, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” I commend Kilcullen and Gillies for speaking and acting like civil human beings.

If Mayo ever loses his job as a Sun Sentinel “columnist” I am sure that there is a recently opened position for him at the Internal Revenue Service looking into the activities of the non-profit statues of organizations like TEA Party Fort Lauderdale. Talk about sinking to a new low.


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EDITORS NOTE: The featured picture of Heather Brinkworth is courtesy of the Sun Sentinel.

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