Founder of successful Palm Beach County political club plans ‘Club BrowRed’ in Democratic-majority Broward

The founder of a wildly successful political club that regularly draws hundreds, often more than 1,000, of former President Donald Trump supporters to its Palm Beach County rallies now has his sights set on Florida’s most Democratic county, Blau Ward.

The new venture will not be closely associated with Trump, nor will it officially become a club aligned with the Republican Party.

But organizer Joe Budd sees fertile territory after midterm elections in which Republican turnout soared and Democratic turnout plummeted.

The name of the new organization is clear: “Club BrowRed,” which Budd has registered with the state.

“There is a feeling of imitating after Club 45 [in Palm Beach County]. However, aside from 45’s emphasis on President Trump, it’s more of a generic club,” Budd said. “The success of Club 45 is that it has become Palm Beach County’s largest … volunteer source. “

The elected state Republican committee from Palm Beach County, whose party’s failed 2022 candidates in the two-county congressional district, said he was scouting locations and speakers and plans to launch in the first quarter of 2023.

On Tuesday, July 26, 2022, Joe Bader hosted the Republican Candidate Debate at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center in Bombano Beach. Budd, the state Republican commissioner for Palm Beach County and founder and president of Club 45 USA, plans to start a new organization "Club Brow red" Early 2023 in Broward, the most Democratic county in the state.

Budd said he’s looking for locations that are in the Broward part of the 23rd Congressional District, which suggests he’s considering a 2024 rematch against US Rep.-elect Jared Moskowitz, D-Parkland.

Overall, Bard received 46.8 percent of the vote, while Moskowitz received 51.6 percent.

The new entity, if successful, could help Bard establish influence south of the 23rd sector.

He acknowledged the possibility of a rematch in a phone interview, but he has yet to announce his candidacy. “I’m inside until I get out. I’m thinking about staying active like I’m going to keep running,” he said.

Joe Budd founded a Trump club in Palm Beach County that became known as America's 45 Club, sometimes attracting more than 1,000 people.  A packed party at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach in October 2018.Bard plans to launch "Club Brow red" 2023.

Financial Advisor Bard knows how to organize.

He was elected state Republican committeeman in the 2016 primary, winning 45% of the vote in a three-way race, and winning reelection in 2020 with 73% of the vote.

In 2018, he founded the Trump Club 45 PBC (the numbers represent the 45th president; the letters represent the county) along with several other early Trump-supporting Republicans, when many in the party supported U.S. Senator Marco Rubio Or former Gov. Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential nomination.

It quickly became one of the most successful political clubs in South Florida.

It was later renamed Club 45 USA, and the logo included a photo of the former president, along with MAGA, the “Make America Great Again” tagline from his 2016 campaign.

The origin of the Palm Beach County organization was Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential preference primary for the county. “We want to get these guys involved,” he said. “Now I want to do the same thing in Broward County.”

Michael Barnett, Chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party, Said Bud hadn’t detailed his plans to him yet.

But he said the kind of organization Bard was talking about in Broward “would be a good idea. I think he should.”

“He’s taken very seriously in this close game. I don’t think he’ll have any problem creating the same type of organization in North Broward that he’s doing in Palm Beach County.

Bud said he was told Broward Republican Chairman Tom Powers He plans to start a club.

“It’s not going to be a Republican club,” Powers said. “It won’t be ours.”

“From my perspective, as long as it’s all about getting Republicans to vote, I’m fine,” he said. “If this is to detract from [Republican Party] Organizations that detract from our message are problematic,” Powers said.

As for whether it could help Bud rematch, Bowers demurred. “I think it’s politically sensible for someone to establish a base.”

Against Moskowitz in 2022, “Joe did a great job. Joe got 45 percent of the vote in Broward,” Powers said. “Putting those numbers means a lot to him.”

By comparison, 41% of registered voters in the Broward portion of the 23rd district were Democrats, 27% were Republicans, and the remainder had no affiliation/independents or minor parties. The countywide numbers are 48 percent Democrats and 21 percent Republicans.

Bowles said that if there is a primary, he and the party establishment will remain neutral until voters decide who to nominate.

Bard’s stint at Club 45 came to an end in October. He and others said at the time that he needed to devote more time to his congressional campaign than as club president.

Although Bard has never wavered from his longtime commitment to Trump, the October split came shortly after he left Declare he is not a 2020 election denier As Moskowitz charged.

Asked if he thought Biden is the “legitimately elected president,” Budd said “absolutely.” Asked if he thought Trump would win in 2020, Budd said: “I don’t think he won. You know there are multiple reasons for that, but he didn’t win, it wasn’t a stolen election.”

In a letter to members and supporters of the American 45 Club at the time, new President Larry Snowden wrote, “We agree unequivocally with President Trump that he did win the 2020 election, There is no doubt that this election was stolen by him and his supporters!” This word is explicitly underlined.

Anyone who has “a shred of doubt about that fact” should watch what Snowden said was a conservative film that “presents indisputable evidence that President Trump is infallible.”

Anthony Man can be reached at aman@sunsentinel.com or on Twitter @broad politics

Joe Budd, the state Republican commissioner for Palm Beach County and founder and president of Club 45 USA, opened the Republican National Committee's Jewish Outreach Center in Boca Raton on May 2. November 2022 congressional seat, plan to launch new organization "Club Brow red" Early 2023 in Broward, the most Democratic county in the state.