Before 28-year-old Trump supporter Rupert Tarsey was the freshly minted secretary of the Broward County GOP, he was Rupert Ditsworth, a student at the exclusive, high-priced LA Harvard-Westlake School, where he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor after taking a fellow student out in car, then hitting her over the head more than 40 times with a claw hammer and then choking her and dragging her out of the car, leaving her by the road with her skull split open.
His victim survived the attack. The 6'2" Tarsey said the attack was self-defense.
Tarsey, who has an MBA and lives in a $2m beachfront condo, is the grandson of Dunes hotel owner Jason Tarsey. The local GOP establishment has asked Tarsey to resign, but he has refused, saying "Why should I resign? I did nothing wrong and I was elected. This is just party politics."
Tarsey's real identity was discovered by a member who alerted local GOP Chairman Bob Sutton over the Labor Day weekend.
"We were blindsided," said Sutton, a schoolteacher. "He's a member of the Knights of Columbus, for Christ's sake. And he came highly recommended by the former chair. We had no idea what his background is. We want him out but he is refusing to resign. He deceived us. It looks like he even used a reputation management firm to make sure we wouldn't find out who he is."
Sutton suspended Tarsey from party functions on Tuesday.
Broward GOP uncovers a nasty secret about its young party secretary
[Jose Lambiet/Miami Herald]