Conservative brawler Furnari resigns from county GOP for Internet venture with BIZPAC’s Smithby George Bennett | February 9th, 2011
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.
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