Rick Scott Aide Shuts Down RedBroward, Blogger Claims UPDATED
But RedBroward wasn't sending a particular message. The blogger claims his web site was yanked out from under him by a high-placed staffer in Rick Scott's administration. The cyber squat was political payback for an earlier RedBroward detailing an inner-party squabble in the Broward GOP. Updated with clarification below.
According to RedBroward, this all went down on Monday. That morning, the blogger put up a post detailing a Republican Party of Florida meeting in Orlando, where county GOP chairman Rick Petrocelli nominated a former Broward resident for a slot on a congressional district committee. Red didn't appreciate the move, and detailed the resulting schism cracking the ranks.
Although the original post didn't name the nominee, RedBroward says it was Sheela Venero VanHoose, the director of scheduling for Governor Rick Scott, who posted this on Facebook subsequently:
New Times emailed Venero-Vanhoose to comment on what RedBroward has laid out here. We haven't heard back yet. We also fired calls and emails into the governor's office for comment about a staffer going in on some high-level trolling. No word from them either.