Pembroke Pines’ Jay Schwartz Latest Broward Democrat Pandering To Local Muslim Group

Pembroke Pines Commissioner Jay Schwartz is the latest Broward Democrat pandering to a local Muslim political action committee. Schwartz is featured prominently on the Emerge USA PAC Facebook page along with numerous other Broward Democrat politicians and candidates. In 2014, REDBROWARD exposed the role EMERGE USA played in Charlie Crist’s campaign for Governor.

Schwartz attended several EMERGE USA PAC events in 2015 including a Ramadan dinner celebration. According to one published report, Schwartz spoke about “changing” America EMERGE USA at a February event. Schwartz said, ““[T]here’s a group of people, in this room, who are changing America as we know it, and that’s a great thing… If there’s anything I can do to help the cause, I’m a phone call away.”

Last July, REDBROWARD exposed how female Broward judicial candidates covered their heads at several EMERGE USA events.

Pictures plastered all over social media featured Broward County Commissioner Marty Kiar, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel and Sunrise Mayor Mike Ryan. While these gentleman appeared as they do at any community or political event, the Broward women running for office looked very different.

Pictures show State Rep. Gwyn Clarke-Reed and several women seeking to be Broward judges wearing scarves over their heads.

Before you say they’re showing respect inside of a mosque, many of the pictures were taken under a tent in the parking lot.

Broward Chief Judge Peter Weinstein attended the event in his normal attire. Would a sitting female judge cover her head? Would she politely decline and use the opportunity as a “teaching moment” on womens issues in the Muslim faith?

Did anybody tell Rhoda Sokoloff, Betsy Benson and Andrea Gundersen to cover their heads?

Is this the change Jay Schwartz was talking about?

UPDATE: Schwartz has two challengers in the non-partisan race for Pembroke Pines city commission. The election will be held on Tuesday March 15th. Early voting continues through Sunday.
  

Published by Tom Lauder

Covering South Florida Politics Since 2010...As Seen On: POLITICO, The Huffington Post, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Herald, WPLG LOCAL 10 (ABC MIAMI), The New Times

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