Elijah Manley, self-described “radical” Broward County School Board candidate, is taking time out of his campaign to knock on doors for Fort Lauderdale mayoral candidate Dean Trantalis. In December, the twenty-something Manley told his Facebook friends he had spent the day knocking on doors for Trantalis. Manley has been endorsed by controversial Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness. Manley’s Facebook page is filled with troubling posts regarding Israel, socialism and other Broward politicians.
In numerous Facebook posts, Elijah Manley attacks the “Apartheid State of Israel.” He wants to “Free Palestine from the apartheid terrorist occupation called Israel.” Manley posted a vicious cartoon of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the caption, “I don’t always send my troops to rape and kill Arab children, but when I do, American taxpayers fund it.”
In one post, Manley is asked what he would say to everyone in the world. He responded, “REVOLUTION. TEAR IT ALL DOWN.”
This is hardly mainstream thinking in Broward Democratic circles, right?
In other posts, Manley attacks local Broward politicians who opposed Dale Holness. He tells former State Senator Chris Smith to “go away” after receiving a Christmas greeting in the mail. Manley calls Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Robert McKinzie “a dog.” Team Holness candidate Donna Guthrie is challenging McKinzie in the January 16th primary.
MANLEY WEBSITE REVEALS DEEP TIES TO DALE HOLNESS
On Elijah Manley’s official website, Damara Holness is listed as his campaign manger. Damara Holness is the daughter of Dale Holness. In 2014 REDBROWARD reported Damara Holness was dating County Commission District 2 write-in candidate Tyron Francois. In court testimony, Francois admitted he did not live in District 2. Many insiders believed Holness placed Francois in the race to help get his preferred candidate elected. While the State Attorney would later determine Francois committed perjury, no charges were ever filed.
On his campaign website, Manley claims to be endorsed by Dale Holness, Congressman Alcee Hastings, Green Party candidate Jill Stein and something called “Democratic Socialists Of America (Broward Chapter).”
Is Dean Trantalis seeking these endorsements as well?
Why is Dale Holness so eager to help Dean Trantalis? What does Dale Holness have planned for the City of Fort Lauderdale?
Voters deserve answers before next week’s primary.