Jay Schwartz and Stacey Schwartz

Last week, REDBROWARD revealed Pembroke Pines Commissioner Jay Schwartz and his wife were running the campaign of the political newcomer challenging Vice Mayor Angelo Castillo. Records show Jay Schwartz is the campaign treasurer for candidate Dave Tringo. In addition to hosting a fundraiser for Tringo, Commissioner Schwartz spends considerable time and money promoting Tringo across social media.

State and local records show the Tringo campaign paid a company owned by Stacey Schwartz for campaign consulting. Commissioner Jay Schwartz did not respond to our request for comment on the matter. But Vice Mayor Angelo Castillo did discuss the matter.

Last Wednesday, Vice Mayor Castillo left a lengthy reply on the Redbroward Facebook page. Castillo said Jay Schwartz has become “paid political operative” because he is “drunk with greed, envy, and ambition.” Castillo wrote he mentored Schwartz over the last ten years, becoming good friends. He said he even helped to get him elected.

Castillo claims the relationship turned sour after Pines Mayor Frank Ortiz announced his retirement.

Castillo says he told Schwartz of his plans to run for Pembroke Pines Mayor. Castillo wrote, “I told my friend about it expecting him to be happy for me. As I had been for him. But he was not happy. I was shocked.”

Castillo said Schwartz has been on a “two year tirade of lies and childish political behavior.” A quick review of Schwartz’s social media pages show a steady barrage of attacks on Castillo.

Castillo’s full post is below:

“I heard about this last night. This story about Jay is simple. I saw some promise in him about 10 years ago so I mentored him, on and off at first and taught him a few things. Helped him get elected. It took a while because he’s stubborn. But ultimately he listened and we got him elected on his second try. Became good friends along the way. I thought. Then Frank Ortis announced that he was retiring. I talked it over with friends and family, and decided to take the step voters had been asking of me for years — to run for mayor. So, I told my friend about it expecting him to be happy for me. As I had been for him. But he was not happy. I was shocked. The relationship changed in that very instant. He chose to end and betray a friendship over it. He then went on a two year tirade of lies and childish political behavior that I chose to permit so he could reveal himself. In so doing he has alienated an entire city. To see it happen broke my heart but worse it has disappointed many, many more. Now, I had nothing to do with this story being published but I’m not surprised by it. It was a stupid move to put another man’s campaign cash into the family pocket. Nobody can ever trust his votes now. He brought this upon himself drunk with greed, envy and ambition — something a mature man would have waited for and cultivated intelligently. After all, he just got there and is therefore understandably undistinguished as an elected official. Anyway, the truth is I taught him most of what he knows. But only a fraction of what I know. He’s destroyed himself now with this move. None of his votes can ever be trusted again — he is a paid political operative now. And I’m very disappointed to see it. More so, I’m disappointed that I did not see those basic flaws in him. I had such high hopes for Jay. Perhaps I didn’t look hard enough. He will be remembered as a sad figure who self-destructed out of personal failings. It is a sad thing to see. And seeing it gives me no joy whatsoever. What a waste.”