Background on the Log Splitter
An open letter, by Andy Eddy, of Broward County Log Cabin Republicans:
This interesting story is being forwarded to you because a number of you were aware of the early attacks made by Maurice Bonamigo against the good character of a very decent man, Chairman Sid Dinnerstein, and then the Palm Beach REC board of directors. The Florida LCR Council of Clubs, as some of you may know, firmly reacted to the attacks and Mark Mead flew in from Washington to attend a joint meeting of the FL LCR COC in order to address Bonamigo directly.
Bonamigo also alleged that he has personally raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the party but we've never been able to substantiate that fact nor his claimed good relationship with the President who allegedly is appreciative of all Maurice's efforts on behalf of the GOP.
We do know that the Palm LCR Beach Chapter was never fully chartered, was provisionally chartered by LCR national, and was never chartered by the State Republican Party of Florida. When asked to produce the minutes of the historic meeting discussed in the attached article where there was a 15- 0 vote, a response with documentation was never received. Minutes of subject meeting, who motioned and who made the second to that motion, were never uncovered.
Mr. Bonamigo played to his own tune and at times proved to be a finger on the hair trigger of a media hungry cannon. It's obvious that, like this story, some members of the press never verify the facts relative to the excitement of what they see as breaking news.
It's obvious to most of us involved on Florida Gold Coast inner circle GOP politics that this man, who allegedly moved here from Chicago, seemingly claiming a wide Palm Beach FL socialite connection, and was quickly highlighted in the press as the individual that was going to change gay politics in Palm Beach County. It is quite obvious that he was not the president of a California club at that time (as seemingly claimed in the attached story) but of a SE Florida LCR "provisionally" chartered club that was on a probation status.
I think that credible members of the GOP and the Republican community should approach this matter with cautious and restrained optimism. My concern is this may be some sort of strategy being played out to discredit Log Cabin Republicans, a strategy one that could backfire and embarrass our party, some of its leaders, elected officials, and many of our hardworking and dedicated members.
VP-PR SE Florida Bwd Log Cabin Club
Bonamigo claimed in the documentary "Gay Republicans" that he receieved a response to his letter to the Bush campaign from Andy Card - who wrote that he forwarded Bonamigo's email to Karl Rove. I'm not clear whether this story has been verified.
GayPatriot has jumped on this story without double checking Bonamigo's background. Christian Grantham followed up. The Bay Windows story has more background, but they didn't attempt to contact the Log Cabin Republicans in Florida - the people who would be most likely to be able to verify Bonamigo's story.
It's amazing how often Press Release Journalism is effective.