Palm Beach County Republican Committeeman Peter Feaman says the #DrumpTrump movement late in the party’s primary season was simply “a lot of sound and fury.”
As a member of the Republican National Committee’s Rules Committee, Feaman was among those who tamped down the rebellion. New York businessman Donald Trump easily secured the party’s presidential nomination July 19.
Feaman remained neutral during the primary. But he fervently supported the party’s nominee after Trump garnered a sufficient number of delegates to secure the nomination.
“We’re going to ride the Trump bandwagon into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, or into oblivion,” he said in an interview with the New York Times. “One or the other.”
The Rules Committee is made up of 112 Republican delegates. Every state, territory, and Washington, D.C., has a male delegate and a female delegate who sit on the committee. Delegates are elected at state conventions.
As he seeks re-election to the county’s Republican Committee, Feaman says Republicans avoiding mistakes of the past is paramount in 2016.
Palm Beach County voters will have a chance to re-elect Feaman when they go to the polls Aug. 30.
The importance of continuity of service this year cannot be understated, Feaman said.
“It’s now or never to vote to save this country, If we don’t get out and vote in this cycle, we will not recognize the United States of America in three years. We will have a decimated military. We will lose our gun rights, our freedom of speech and our freedom of religion,” Feaman said.
In a 2012 speech, Feaman talked about his deep-rooted patriotism and his love for the military.
“It’s personal for me, for two generations. First my father. My father was a B-17 bomber pilot in World War II, flew 35 missions over Europe, lead a bunch of twenty-something kids as bombardiers, and gunners and navigators while he piloted a plane. They called him grandpa. He was 27 years old. His plane got shot up a number of times and he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.”
While Feaman said his father was reluctant to speak of his time in the service, he did say one thing: “Son, I’m never talking about it except that this is the greatest country that’s ever been and it was worth what I did.”
Feaman’s son served in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy.
“When he saw the Pentagon get attacked, when he saw United Flight 91 go down in a ball of flames in the hills of western Pennsylvania, it affected him. Because he heard the stories about his grandpa. He heard me talk about how great this country was, and he witnessed, and I witnessed, this country get attacked and it affected him.”
The younger Feaman served in Afghanistan and in 2012 on a mission in Qatar.
Feaman, a Boynton Beach lawyer, was unanimously elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016 by the Republican Party of Florida to be national committeeman to represent Florida at the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C., as a national committeeman.
The committee offers national leadership for the Republican Party and is responsible for creating and promoting the Republican Party platform.
Feaman was recognized by “Florida Trend” magazine as one of Florida’s “Elite Lawyers” in the field of business and commercial litigation and was recognized in 2015 by the Miami Herald as one of South Florida’s top rated lawyers.
In addition to serving as national committeeman for the Republican Party of Florida, Feaman was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 4th District Court of Appeal Nominating Commission, serving from 2011-2015. It was his second go-round on the commission.
“The Democrats have led us down a dangerously liberal path toward socialism,” Feaman said. “As committeeman, I fight every day to elect Republicans to office who represent our Republican values and principles … and hold them accountable once elected.”
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