Another bad day for blogger Javier Manjarres of The Shark Tank

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I am a little late getting to this, but it looks like South Florida blogger Javier Manjarres of The Shark Tank had another bad day on Monday when his ally Karen Harrington dropped her bid to be Chair of the Broward County Republican Executive Committee. Rico Petrocelli, a close ally of Manjarres nemesis Richard DeNapoli, was instead elected.

Jack Furnari of the must-bookmark BIZPAC Review has the details:

Karen Harrington proved yet again that she has about as much class as the dumpster-diving Honey Boo Boo clan of reality TV fame.

Harrington, who made a career out of getting squashed like a bug at the polls by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for the last four years, announced her candidacy for chairwoman of the Broward County Republican Party not long ago. Today Harrington pulled out of the race just hours before the party’s Executive Committee was due to hold elections.

While Harrington talks a lot about “unity,” she couldn’t resist taking yet another shot at outgoing Chairman Richard DeNapoli.

DeNapoli is moving to Tampa to pursue a better career opportunity. He didn’t just decide not to run because a perennial loser like Harrington reared her head.

Harrington didn’t have the votes, and she would have lost big in yet another election.

Attacking an outgoing chairman who isn’t running and is moving away for a better job opportunity is typical of the classless Harrington.

Me. Me. Me. Me. That’s what she’s all about.

Broward Republicans can breathe a sigh of relief. Harrington’s 15 minutes of phony fame is over.

Full text of Harrington’s press release:

When I was recruited to run for chair of the Broward Republican Party, there was a necessity and desire to change the leadership of our local party. Along with former BREC Chairmen Chip La Marca, Ed Pozzuoli, Kevin Tynan and Shane Strum it was agreed that the leadership of Richard DeNapoli lacked the vision and competence to recover from this years devastating election cycle.

We embarked on this journey to achieve two goals. The first was to bring new leadership to the BREC. The second was to remove Richard DeNapoli from his position as BREC Chairman.

But with the announcement that Mr. DeNapoli decided not to seek reelection, there was less of a need for me, and the fine individuals who were running on my slate to become officers of BREC. We have collectively decided that there is no need to divide the party further by having an election Monday evening, wherein we believe the result will be like the last BREC election – decided by a few votes – which left the party divided for the last two years.

In having achieved our goals to bring new leadership to BREC and removing Richard DeNapoli from his position, I and the candidates that were running on my slate of officers, have decided in the interests of party unity not to seek nomination as an officer of BREC. We wish each of the incoming officers of BREC the best of luck and promise our collective support as our party moves forward to unify and grow.

Karen Harrington

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