The individual outed himself. He is D.J. DeRenzo, and he is a Republican candidate for the Florida House District 85 seat in the state legislature. DeRenzo is running against four other Republicans; Henry Colon, Tami L. Donnally, Daniel P. Landolfi, and Austin B. Parris. DeRenzo's statement explaining his vote was published in Post On Politics:
I have been a member of the REC for well over a year. In my very brief encounters with Mr. Derek Black, I have found him to be soft spoken and polite. Each and every human being is on a journey of self-discovery. While it is true that I know very little if anything about Mr. Black and his family’s history, I do know that he seems sincere in his desire to be a member of the REC.
Mr. Black and I probably don’t see eye to eye on many issues but I would prefer that we let him air his grievances in an open forum for all of us to hear rather than have them fester in some dark and dreary place where there is neither dialogue nor difference of opinion.
While we remain capable of judging people’s words and deeds, only God is capable of judging people. That is why I opined in the Post that Michael Vick deserved a second chance and that is also why I voted for Mr. Black; not because I agree with everything he says but because I believe it would be good for Derek Black. Love conquers all things. People can see things differently but they need to be exposed to different points of view. The REC could make the world a better place by witnessing to Mr. Black a policy of inclusion as opposed to exclusion.
It is clear by DeRenzo's statement that he did not vote for Black because he sympathizes with White nationalism, but because as a true American, he believes every American should be allowed to compete in the free marketplace of ideas. He thinks service on the committee might have moderated Black's views. DeRenzo displays an unusually high level of integrity and character for a politician.
But that didn't matter to Palm Beach Post columnist Joel Engelhardt. In his column entitled "Rejecting a real 'Hitler': Palm Beach GOP doesn't feel the love", Engelhardt takes a passing swipe at DeRenzo, but unleashes a world-class hatchet job on Derek Black, quite literally comparing him to Adolf Hitler by suggesting that Black wants to take over the Republican Party the same way Hitler took the NSDAP from its founder, Anton Drexler. And of course, Engelhardt concludes his missive with a tearjerker remark about how "Anne Frank would be proud - if she weren't rolling over in her grave".
If Joel Engelhardt is so interested in Anne Frank, perhaps he would care to do some investigative reporting and come up with a credible explanation as to how Anne Frank could have written her entire diary, including the parts of it inscribed in ballpoint pen, when the ballpoint pen was not universally available until 1951, seven years after Anne Frank's death. After the German state forensic bureau, the Bundes Kriminal Amt [BKA] forensically examined the manuscript, which at that point in time consisted of three hardbound notebooks and 324 loose pages bound in a fourth notebook, with special forensic equipment, they concluded that the results of the tests showed that “significant” portions of the work, especially the fourth volume, were written with a ballpoint pen. Thus the sections written in ballpoint pen most likely were added after Frank's death.
Derek Black has never expressed any sympathies towards Adolf Hitler or national socialism. Black has repeatedly said he’s not a white supremacist and has described himself as a “a White person who is concerned about discrimination against White people.”