More games in the Broward County Commission, District 9 election as “Fake” Chris Smith has rejoined the race. According to paperwork filed in late May with the Broward Supervisor of Elections office, Robert “Chris” Smith in back in the race. This Smith abandoned his campaign several months ago after the REAL Chris Smith, the former Florida State Senator, entered the race. The District 9 seat is currently occupied by the controversial County Commissioner Dale Holness.
In May 2015, REDBROWARD exposed the peculiar ties between Robert “Chris” Smith and another District 9 candidate.
McKinley Williams II was one of the first challengers to controversial Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness for the Democrat nomination to the District 9 seat. To help promote his campaign, Williams opened the “McKinleyForBroward.Org” website.
Williams launched his County Commission campaign in July 2014. Records show the website domain names, “McKinleyForBroward.org” and “McKinleyForBroward.com” were purchased on September 9, 2014 by Robert Smith. A week earlier, Williams paid Robert Smith $120.00 for “campaign work.”
No big deal you say?
Well, on March 16, 2015, Robert D. “Chris” Smith entered the District 9 County Commission Race as a No Party Affiliation (NPA) candidate. On his campaign paperwork, Smith lists his email as “email@example.com.” This is the same email used to register the McKinley Williams websites. Smith appears to be a man of mystery.
Smith uses a Fort Lauderdale apartment complex as his address, but he does not list an apartment number. According to social media sites, Smith a technology expert, regularly hosts technology and commerce networking meetings in the south Miami/Dadeland area. Even more mysterious is Smith’s nickname.
Other than his campaign documents, no records show Smith using the nickname “Chris.” Social media, corporation and online resumes show Robert Smith or Robert D. Smith.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported how Smith’s nickname may be a political ploy against former State Senator Chris Smith. State Sen. Smith laughed off the ploy. “I’m just proud I made ‘Chris Smith’ such a popular name in Central Broward County,” he said.
Last May, REDBROWARD spoke with Robert “Chris” Smith.
Smith admitted to creating the Williams website. When asked if there is a reason why he’s now running against Williams, Smith said, “Why, yes there is. But I need to get back to you.” Smith said he has lived in Fort Lauderdale since 2010.
We never heard back from Mr. Smith.