Publisher’s note: As my readers all know by now, the Tea Party of Ft. Lauderdale as well as the nation and the So. Florida community was dealt a heartbreaking blow this past Sunday when a major leader and our friend Danita Kilcullen stepped into Eternity.
Much has been said and written about this great woman, including this wonderful tribute by Ruth Roman at dr.richswier.com and I wanted to share it with my readers:
Ruth Roman: “The South Florida political arena has a huge void with the recent passing of Tea Party Fort Lauderdale (TPFL) co-founder, Danita Kilkullen. TPFL, the longest running Tea Party in the U.S., made world news in 2009, having been featured in the European Times Magazine, after its formation.
Long before illegal immigration became a topic of conversation, Danita attended rallies and protests with FLIMEN, Floridians for immigration enforcement, educating the public of the ramifications of open borders and the loss of American jobs.
Many political careers were launched with the backing of her organization, TPFL, including Allen West, and Marco Rubio, who understood the importance and loyalty of her followers and that an endorsement by them could be a ticket to Washington. However, if the endorsed politician reneged on his promises of conservatism, constitutional principles and limited government, she and her followers had no mercy and would work tirelessly to remove him from office. Marco Rubio was one such example and Florida Tea Parties should receive the credit due for ending his future in politics. After Rubio’s betrayal on amnesty, Danita insisted that every candidate should be thoroughly vetted and that local politics was the epicenter of concern, for local politicians inevitably end up in Washington.”