Republican Party No. 2 wants top job
Christine Butler, vice chairwoman of the Broward Republican Party, wants the top job.

 Republicans received an email Thursday in which she declared her candidacy for party chairwoman. She wants to succeed Rico Petrocelli, who resigned last week citing differences with other party leaders.

 In the email, Butler described herself as a “true life-long dedicated conservative Republican” and a “battle-tested political leader.”

Update: Just spoke with Butler.

As the acting chairwoman of the party, she can set the date of the election. She said she’d consult with other party leaders, probably next week, before doing that. The election requires 10 days notice and must come within 60 days of Petrocelli’s Feb. 19 resignation.

Butler said she’d call herself “constitutional conservative. I really, really believe in limited government and a free enterprise system and self-reliance and personal responsibility.”

She’s been a committeewoman since 2010, and said she isn’t deterred by the history of the job, which often involves the top party leader receiving criticism almost immediately.

“Maybe it’s the nature of politics and the nature of politics today. We all passionately hold our ideals and we see what’s happening in America. We all have maybe a little bit different views. At some point we do need to come together and focus. I’m very good at organization and focusing on what’s important…. I’m an execution person. You point me on a mission and I’m going to get it down and I’m going to bring my team with me.

“I do understand going into this there’s always gong to be criticism. I expect it at the outset more because you have to earn people’s trust…. I’ve gotten a lot of support but people don’t like change. They want stability; they want to know everything’s going to be all right. We’ve all been through, Republicans, been through a lot with this last election. They want to chart a course. Know it’s the way it’s gong to go and not have any disruption.”

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Voter registration records show she's 58 and resident of Davie. She’s a lawyer who said she’s been a resident of Broward for 36 years.

 “I have risen from the political grassroots trenches, and  have phoned, walked, and waved signs along with you. I’ve consistently donated time, talent and money toward the election of Republican candidates. I have loyally served the missions of BREC and the Republican Party of Florida,” she wrote.

 The local Republican Party is technically the Broward Republican Executive Committee, or BREC.

 It’s been marked by divisions in recent years, something Butler acknowledged in her email to party members: “Among my major goals will be to provide a pathway of inclusion and cooperation between long estranged factions within our party. I seek to unify our forces around what we hold in common purpose, and to bring peace under our BREC roof.”

 More from her email:

 “Today, once again, I ask you to place your trust in my leadership and elect me as your next Chairman. Together, with your support, I will  continue to build on the successes we’ve achieved in BREC over the last two years. As your Chairman, I will lead our prime mission, with laser like focus, to support local and state Republican victories. It is my intent to work with the RPOF and our Executive Board to reshape our message and invigorate the Republican vote.

 “My plans include new initiatives and programs for: establishing working committees to involve more BREC members in fundraising, outreach, grassroots, social media; youth education; and upgrading technology to provide more contemporary resources for you.”