Broward GOP gathers in Cooper City to watch results

2018-11-16T15:32:20+00:00 November 6th, 2018|News, Photos, Politics|

Joe Kaufman lost the U.S. House race against Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the 2018 midterm elections.

“I thought I was going to be a congressman,” said Kaufman.

He has had a nonprofit that educates people about national security since 1998 that he said he had been neglected.

“Maybe it was a sign to work on that,” said Kaufman.

— Victoria Salas

Joe Kaufman greeting his supporters at the GOP watch party. (Ana Lara-Cruz/SFNS)

Around 10 p.m.

Greg and Andrea Ball watching the results as they come out. (Ana Lara-Cruz/SFNS)

Greg Ball and his wife, Andrea Ball, are watching the results at the end of a table at the watch party. While they remain hopeful for the bigger races, they are disappointed at Kaufman’s loss.

Greg Ball helped Kaufman in trying to reach out to the Haitian community during his campaign.

“I’m sad. I tried to help him out,” said Greg Ball. “He was more well-rounded.”

Andrea Ball said that Kaufman was brave.

“It was an uphill battle,” said Andrea Ball. “Very brave and strong to go against Debbie Wasserman Schultz.”

Victoria Salas

9:46 p.m.

David L. Rosenthal wears a shirt supporting Joe Kaufman, but he has started his unofficial campaign for Broward County Sheriff.

David Rosenthal talking with supporters at Republican GOP event. (Ana Lara-Cruz/SFNS)

David Rosenthal talking with supporters at Republican GOP event. (Ana Lara-Cruz/SFNS)

“Anyone who has ever quoted me has called me a racist, a wacko or a racist wacko,” he said.

His unofficial campaign has gotten him suspended from Facebook after someone reported one of his posts.

Rosenthal said that officials know that there is no one enforcing the law and therefore they break it.

“My agenda is to enforce the law,” said Rosenthal.

— Victoria Salas

8:30 p.m.

Linda Kaufman speaks to a reporter during a GOP watch party in Broward County. (Ana Lara-Cruz/SFNS)

Linda Kaufman speaks to a reporter during a GOP watch party in Broward County. (Ana Lara-Cruz/SFNS)

Linda Kaufman, 71, waited for her son, Joe Kaufman, around 8 p.m. Tuesday to arrive at the GOP Watch Party. The Republican for the U.S. House of Representatives against incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the 23rd District.

Kaufman said today was the first time she went to vote at the polls because her fiancé, Dennis Boxer, failed to mail in her absentee ballot.

She voted at Century Village in Deerfield Beach with the assistance of Boxer.

“It was awful,” she said. “I took my absentee ballot and three people said, ‘No.’ They wrote spoiled on it.”

— Victoria Salas

7:45 p.m.

Maria Fundora being interviewed by reporter Natalia Olivares (Ana Lara-Cruz/SFNS)

Maria Fundora arrived at around 6:45 p.m at the GOP Watch Party at the South Broward Republican Party headquarters in Cooper City. She moved to the United States from Cuba when she was 15. She is a volunteer for the GOP. She has seen socialism in action.

“Younger people are more idealistic,” said Fundora. “So, socialism sounds really good on paper.”

— Victoria Salas