By: Renee Nal
Miami-Dade Republican Party Vice Chair Manny Roman defied his peers by endorsing Presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz in a letter to the Editor published Saturday in the Miami Herald.
“Cruz is an incredibly talented, principled and unwavering voice for constitutional and limited government,” Roman wrote. “That’s why I’m endorsing him.”
His endorsement led to
RINO party chief Nelson Diaz to call for Roman’s resignation, saying the endorsement “violated a Republican Party of Florida rule that prohibits GOP officers from endorsing one Republican over another.”
Speaking of picking and choosing Republicans, Nelson Diaz’s Chairmanship was reported to be the “outcome of [a] closed door meeting” barring Republicans
who actually care about the Constitution who have varying perspectives. The level of vitriol aimed at Manny is a bit more understandable when one reads more about Nelson Diaz:
“Nelson has become one of Tallahassee’s young rising stars since serving as Chief Legislative Aide to the Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and now United States Senator, Marco Rubio.”
Diaz has donated to Marco Rubio, as well as Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (you read that right).
Alluding to pressure to toe the line in his endorsement for Ted Cruz, Roman writes,
However, even in an environment where there is overwhelming indirect pressure to get behind one of the local candidates, Ted Cruz’s story and platform break through all the noise.
The battle in Florida is one that has been simmering locally throughout the country as conservatives struggle to gain control of their respective Republican leadership. The struggle is nothing new and is reminiscent of how the establishment treated Ronald Reagan, the grassroots candidate of his era as often pointed out by author and speaker Trevor Loudon.
Consider Craig Shirley, the “preeminent Ronald Reagan biographer and historian” who reminded people on a Breitbart radio program that the Washington establishment “disdained Reagan much like it hates today’s top conservatives…”
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Noting that ‘RINOs’ never embraced Reagan since he campaigned for Barry Goldwater, Shirley said he actually went to work for the Republican National Committee (RNC) in 1982 because Lyn Nofziger, Reagan’s top adviser and strategist, said there were not enough Reaganites at the RNC, which was populated mostly by establishment ‘Bushies’ allied with George H.W. Bush.
Similarly, Glenn Beck spoke about how the establishment sought to thwart Ronald Reagan on his syndicated radio broadcast in November.
Watch Manny discuss his position with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business channel:
The principled stance Manny Roman has taken should be an inspiration to conservatives who battle the establishment. After all, Roman got a tweet from Cruz himself. He also has the respect of this author.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 30, 2015