Don’t think city level politics are as exciting as Trump vs. Hillary? According to his Facebook post, Sunrise City Commission candidate Mark A. Douglas believes residents, “[D]eserve in their leadership, a person who can understand the issues, who can find solutions and effect positive changes.” However, an email obtained by REDBROWARD shows Douglas is prone to vulgar threats of violence when his “leadership” is questioned.
In his campaign mailer, Douglas touts his service on the Artesia condominium board as a shining example of his “leadership.” Douglas has been the president of the board for the last eight years. Two years ago, the board debated the purchase of building to serve as a community clubhouse. Fellow board member Paul Lipof sent an email questioning the deal for the building. It was a very benign email filled with numbers, charts and projected impacts on dues payments. While Lipof questioned the accuracy of Douglas’ numbers, he was polite and professional. These two words could not describe Douglas’ response.
Douglas, a local attorney, was not happy with Lipof’s email. Douglas wrote:
“Paul, go fuck yourself! You fucking twerp. Why don’t you force me to resign????? What you think you are some fucking smart alex [sic] to lecture me about false and misleading information? Tell me this to my face, I will fucking smack you!”
Wow. This was a condo board. Imagine what happens if Douglas has to discuss bigger issues on the Sunrise commission. Sunrise government has been colorful since the days of John Lomelo, but threats of violence and “smack” downs?
In a telephone interview with REDBROWARD, Douglas claimed this was an old issue brought up to “smear” him. Douglas claims he and Lipof did not see “eye to eye” on many issues. Douglas admits sending the email, but claims Lipof blew it out of proportion.
Douglas said Lipof filed complaints with the Sunrise police department and the Florida Bar. He said the bar complaints were dismissed. But he was more defensive about the police report. When asked if the Sunrise PD contacted him, Douglas said he was “made aware” of a police report.
When pressed, Douglas said, “I didn’t call the police.” He finally admitted to speaking to a police representative about the matter. Douglas would not explain what he meant by “smack.”
Douglas was equally defensive about his relationship with controversial Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness.
The Jamaican-born Douglas was endorsed by County Commissioner Dale Holness. Douglas’ campaign has received financial support from Holness. But when asked to discuss Holness’ role in the campaign, Douglas said, “no comment.”
Douglas faces off against Vivi Assidon on the November ballot for the Sunrise Commission Group A seat.