Douglas Torpy, husband of last election’s failed judicial candidate Rene Torpy is facing an uphill battle in his bid for Indian Harbour Beach Town Council. Backed by State Representative Randy Fine and his campaign team, Torpy’s candidacy thus far has left much to be desired both ethically and legally.
Former disgraced Palm Bay Candidate Nathan White pushed for Torpy’s endorsement at the Brevard Republican Executive Committee (BREC) monthly meeting. White made the motion which was seconded by another troubled candidate for Rockledge City Council, Josiah Gattle. As we reported earlier, Gattle came under-fire from Republicans for lying about being endorsed by BREC on his social media, attempting to mislead Rockledge Citizens. Gattle was forced to remove the false endorsement, and failed to actually secure it. Likewise, Torpy also walked away that night without an endorsement.
At last night’s meeting, Torpy again was nominated by his team for the endorsement. He faces Republican opponent Adam Dyer and NPA David Nutt. The endorsement needed a 2/3 supermajority to pass; Torpy failed to even gain a simple majority. Members expressed concern over Torpy’s criminal past, but also his integrity. During his speech last night, he claimed to have been a member of BREC for a year, which is false. Records show he only just became a member this May. Torpy’s criminal charges are over 10 years old and traffic in nature, but details were not immediately available.
“We are just tired of this same small circle of self-serving people, who will lie and say anything to get themselves into office. If they act like this when they’re running, imagine how they’ll be in office. When someone shows you who they are, believe them,” said one Republican Committee member.