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Conservative brawler Furnari resigns from county GOP for Internet venture with BIZPAC’s Smith

by George Bennett | February 9th, 2011


Sharp-elbowed Boca Raton conservative operative Jack Furnari has resigned from the Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee to join with Business Political Action Committee Chairman John R. Smith in launching a for-profit conservative news website called


Smith is also stepping down from his non-voting role on the county GOP’s board of directors.

The pair say they are severing their formal GOP ties so they’ll have the editorial independence to criticize Republicans who fall short of their conservative standards.

Furnari and Smith, both allies of county Republican Chairman Sid Dinerstein, were criticized by Dinerstein rival Ed Lynch in December when Lynch tried unsuccessfully to unseat Dinerstein as chairman. Lynch noted Smith, through BIZPAC, had supported some Democratic candidates. Lynch accused Furnari of providing covert aid and comfort to some Dems.

Smith and Furnari both said their resignations from their local Republican posts have nothing to do with Lynch’s criticisms.

“We knew for a long time that at some point when this BizPacReview got up and running we would have to get off of some of this (Republican Party) stuff that would compromise our ability to be an independent, nonpartisan Internet company,” said Smith.

Furnari said he began planning to leave the REC last year, and “I only stayed to pound on Lynch….It was important to me to stay through Sid’s election because after putting in that many years to the party I wasn’t going to let the party fall into the hands of people I thought were crazies.”

During the GOP chairman’s race, Furnari sent out a mailer showing Lynch’s picture over the dead bodies from the 1978 Jonestown mass cult suicide.

BizPacReview will provide both conservative commentary and provide daily links to political news stories from around Florida, similar to the SayfieReview.

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11 Responses to “Conservative brawler Furnari resigns from county GOP for Internet venture with BIZPAC’s Smith”

  1. Darren Says:

    Same Douches that helped Sachs screw the party….they are all one party going down hill fast.

    Thanks Bobby and gang.

  2. Reina Says:

    Get some candidates running in the local races!

  3. Jack is a loser Says:

    Furnari is nothing but a disgusting, smelly, tax cheating, political hack that has been playing both sides for a while. He deserves what is coming to him and his “business partners”. Not just Marks but his other one from NY.

    Who is going to pull that coward Sid’s string now. I am sure they will be doing it from behind the scenes.

    Great job Furnari did with getting Sid 5% of the vote for RPOF chair. They are both big, fat losers.

  4. dan P Says:

    J.R. Smith and Jack Furnari have worked tirelessly for many years promoting economic development and for Republican issues in Palm Beach County. I am looking forward to reading articles from a conservative point of view at

  5. Sam Osborne Says:

    Now if this was only a little venial man to woman stuff and not man to man or woman to woman it might be alright with Iowa Republicans. However that serious sinning . . . well a bill introduced in the Iowa House of Representative by Rep. Richard Anderson (R-Clarinda, IA), titled “Religious Conscience Protection Act,” would ensure that Iowa licensed business establishments could deny services to same-gender married people.

    If this is a good idea, shouldn’t such people also be required to wear something like a yellow star so that a God-fearing proprietor can readily recognize them as a misfit, and will the places be posted with signs like NINA, or Whites Only, or Indians Use Rear Door, or We Serve Only Gentiles.
    And maybe those green curtains should be put back up in the rear of buses, and water fountains and restrooms segregated, but not concentration camps.

    Though balconies of movie theatres were once the appropriate places to confine undesirables—in the pitch black for you know who—but up there in the dark may now be just a bit too much out of sight and . . . ah . . ., well you know!

  6. JimmyJack Says:

    Smith is a know-nothing hack. Go ride Tri-Rail, Smitty.

  7. Yeah right! Says:

    How are Furnari a “Sharp-elbowed Boca Raton conservative operative”, who “sent out a mailer showing [Ed] Lynch’s picture over the dead bodies from the 1978 Jonestown mass cult suicide” (which his children saw), and Smith an ally of Sid who has given large donations to Democrat candidates–while sitting on the Board of the REC– going to create and operate “an independent, nonpartisan Internet company”?

    Smith used his position and influence over Dinerstein to ensure that the GOP didn’t recruit candidates for seats he had already picked a Democrat to fill.

    Furnari used his position and intimidation (especially of women) to get what he and Dinerstein wanted, at least until Sid ran for RPOF Chair, then those tactics blew up in their faces-leading to Sid getting all of 16 votes.

    As late as January 28th, Furnari was still on Sid’s list of Board appointments, so his contention that this was long planned is a farce. Furnari resigned because his hit mail-pieces against Sid’s opposition for RPOF Chair backfired and he knew that his reappointment to the Board would not have been approved by the REC.

    It sounds like Jack & John are planning a political slander machine on the order of the Shark-Tank. How can they provide “both conservative commentary” and be “independent and non-partisan”?

  8. Conservative Diva Says:

    Yeah right!….excellent post! You hot the nail right on the head!

  9. Hook, Line, and Sinker Says:

    A recap of posts 7 and 8…

    Hey Ellen this is Jessica. I’m going to post an attack on Jack, John and Sid. Please follow up and give me a that a girl.

    Just standard operating procedure for two of the Lynch “crazies” mentioned in the article. Please go away!

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  11. YEAH RIGHT Says:

    These guys are the same people that support SEIU candidates every year. And they’re going to criticize people that fall short of their “conservative values”? HA!

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