Earl Rynerson Gets a Supporter to Run for Fort Lauderdale Mayor to Force a Primary

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Earl Rynerson, who's running for Fort Lauderdale mayor (again) against current Mayor Jack Seiler, deployed an interesting campaign strategy in his effort to get elected -- admittedly convincing someone else to run for mayor to force a primary election.

Rynerson doesn't specifically use the word, but it sounds like the third man running for office fits the definition of a "sham" candidate.

The reasoning behind this is that a primary race for mayor -- which is forced by having more than two candidates in the race -- is that it's the same day GOP voters are picking their new presidential nominee.

Since Rynerson constantly attacks Seiler's "spending addiction," as he calls it, he assumes he can garner more votes from the supposedly fiscally responsible Republican voters.

If Rynerson can get one vote past 50 percent in the primary, he would become the new mayor of Fort Lauderdale (same goes for Seiler).

Acknowledging that, Rynerson believes more people will vote on that state primary ballot than in the general municipal election, which takes place on March 13.

Here's how he explained it on his website:

I spoke to a number of people, asking them to consider running. I also posted a recent article on my web site here, asking more folks to consider running for office, whether it be for Mayor or for City Commissioner. A supporter of mine called me to ask if I would like him to run for Mayor, and I encouraged him to do so. He filed his papers yesterday, the City Clerk has certified his candidacy and we will now have the Mayoral election occur during the State primary. This will give an opportunity to more than just the normal 10% of the electorate to vote, and I think that's a good thing.

That supporter is Gabriel Crimi, who apparently has no history of running for office.

Fort Lauderdale watchdog Tim Smith was suspicious of Crimi's run, which was confirmed -- with an explanation -- by Rynerson.

"My friend Tim Smith has accused me of playing 'dirty politics,'" Rynerson says. "But as he and Seiler already know (and as I have recently learned), this is how politics works."

So, there you have it. That's apparently Rynerson's campaigning tactic -- in addition to asking for people to volunteer for him -- as he says there's "no way" he'll be able to raise money at the rate Seiler can.

"A typical campaign raises funds to hire the people to educate and motivate voters," he says. "We don't have time for that now. I will be asking you to help me (more with your efforts than with your checkbooks) in the next few weeks."

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Laura Staff
Laura Staff

Earl Rynerson now goes down as the biggest loser in Fort Lauderdale elections history.  Earl lost the Democratic vote, Earl lost the Republican vote, and Earl lost the independent vote.  Earl lost in 2009 with 15% of the vote, and then he gets crushed worse as Seiler wins in a landslide in 2012.  Earl has now spent over $100,000.00 of his own money in his failed attempts to become Mayor, and all he has successfully done is destroy his reputation and image.   


Perhaps Earl is telling us who he is. Someone who forces us to pay for an unnecessary election, on the pretext of better government, but actually expensive and pointless and self-serving.

Ron Gunzberger
Ron Gunzberger

If Seiler gets rid of these occupy people I will vote for him. If not I will vote for the other one in the hopes that the squatting at city hall stops.

City Activist Robert Walsh
City Activist Robert Walsh

Number one Earl Rynerson does not know one thing about running a  campaign. first of all he is petioning residents to volunteer to donateing money to his campaign but runs no"disclaimer" which by law he has to. I mean earl does not play fair. One warning Mr.rynerson I came close but no cigar last time(had his employye working on election day(either hold the sighn or go home-nice boss). So we are watching Earl. i mean then his whole claim to fame is he pulls records request on who makes what tc. then if they did not go to Yale or harvard and if they are not gay -then they are totally useless. As an activist its easy to get payroll records Earl. Again Mayor Seiler bait him, trap him ,and beat his white haired gay ass.Nothing more than some big mouth leather queen.Oh by the your Cialis Rx. is ready .


with his extremely controversial and very questionable background, the republicans will never vote for him

bad move earl 

Patriotic American
Patriotic American

Your criteria for electing a public official is the ability to disregard the public's right to peaceful assembly?  Let me know who you decide to vote for and I'll make sure to vote for the opposing candidate!

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