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

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 by George Bennett


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.


Attack mailer includes Jonestown mass-suicide backdrop in county GOP chairman’s race

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 by George Bennett

Mailer by Republican activist Jack Furnari likens potential election of Ed Lynch as GOP chairman to 1978 mass suicide by cyanide-laced Kool-Aid in Jonestown, Guyana.

About 230 members of the Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee should be getting mailers today from GOP activist Jack Furnari that show chairman candidate Ed Lynch’s photo against a background of dead bodies from the 1978 Jonestown mass cult suicide.

“Don’t Drink Ed Lynch’s Kool-Aid!” say the mailer, which says a vote for Lynch over incumbent Chairman Sid Dinerstein is “a vote to destroy the Republican Party of Palm Beach County.”

Furnari includes his name on the mailer, which he says he sent on his own.

“I think ‘Don’t drink the Kool-Aid’ is a common expression in politics,” Furnari said of the content.

The election for county GOP chairman is Wednesday night.

Memories: Boca GOPer’s prediction of Crist indie bid called ‘patently false’ in February

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 by George Bennett



Boca Raton GOP activist Jack Furnari, who blogs occasionally for a Fort Lauderdale-based media outlet, took lots of heat in February when, citing unnamed sources, he wrote that Gov. Charlie Crist “is preparing to leave the Republican Party and run as an independent in the race for the U.S. Senate.”

Crist’s campaign accused Furnari of peddling a “patently false rumor” spread by rival Marco Rubio’s campaign to “distract” Republican primary voters.

Now all signs point to Crist bolting the GOP to run as an independent.

“I’m happy,” Furnari said today. “Now he’s exposed for the politician without principles that he’s always been.”

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