Conservatives with close ties to prominent Florida Republicans keep being outed for protesting alongside Proud Boys, in tips provided to ThinkProgress.
The chairman of Miami’s Republican Party apologized on Saturday for joining members of the far-right hate group with ties to neo-Nazis at Wednesday’s demonstration, where Capitol Police had to lock down an event featuring House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in Coral Gables.
Later on Saturday, ThinkProgress reported that Kevin Cabrera, a former staffer for Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), was also seen palling around with Proud Boys. The Florida congressman claimed Cabrera, his former Field Director and Director of Constituent Services, “was never a senior aide” during a debate on Sunday.
Now, an employee and “dear friend” of former Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), the GOP’s gubernatorial nominee, has become the latest Florida Republican to be identified as part of the Proud Boys’ rally.
Breier also attended other gatherings of the Florida Proud Boys last week, based on images posted to social media.
The DeSantis campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Frank de Varona posted a picture of Breier, who can be seen holding a DeSantis sign, at last Wednesday’s demonstration on Facebook.
A few days after joining the Proud Boys’ angry mob, Breier posted an image on Facebook indicating he was “on the campaign trail” with Jeanette Nuñez, a Florida State representative who is DeSantis’ running mate for lieutenant governor.
According to a Friday Facebook post, Breier is scheduled to be at a campaign event with DeSantis on Tuesday afternoon.
DeSantis, who touts his support of President Donald Trump, was criticized for racist remarks that he made about Andrew Gillum, his Democratic opponent, hours after securing the GOP’s gubernatorial nomination in Florida. DeSantis has also given speeches at racist events, and was an administrator of a racist Facebook group.