On the first day of early voting, Broward County judicial candidate did not want to answer questions about shady palm cards endorsing his campaign. When REDBROWARD caught up with him at the Northwest Regional Library in Coral Springs, Demmery cried “harassment” when asked about his appearance on the partisan card from the A Better Florida For All political committee. Demmery even asked a woman to call the police. As REDBROWARD exposed in January, the Palm Beach committtee is tied to controversial Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness.
The Holness-friendly group is using the palm card to promote Democrat candidates including Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson. Last week, Buddy Nevins at Broward Beat reported four non-partisan judicial candidates appeared on the latest card. They are Haccord James Curry, Stefanie Camille Moon, Jackie Powell and Tanner Channing Demmery.
“Partisan appeals judicial candidates’ ads are forbidden by the Florida Supreme Court Code of Judicial Conduct. Joint advertising by judicial candidates is also prohibited,” Nevins wrote.
On Friday, Omar Smith of A Better Florida For All told the Sun-Sentinel, “none of the candidates were picked because of financial ties to the political action committee or to any of Smith’s businesses, which perform campaign services.”
Demmery told the Sun-Sentinel, “[H]e had no idea why his name appeared on the Better Florida for All flier, though he did pay one of Smith’s contractors for campaign signs. Dennery said he was unaware of the connection between the contractor and Smith, and by extension the PAC, until after the flier began circulating in Tamarac.”
DEMMERY VOLUNTEER PASSING OUT CARD
By last Friday, Tanner Channing Demmery was fully aware of the legal and ethical situation surrounding the A Better Florida For All card. But this week, a REDBROWARD reader sent a photograph of a Tanner Channing Demmery volunteer passing out this very card at early voting. Wearing an official Demmery campaign t-shirt, the female volunteer is shown with the card at the African American Research Library in Fort Lauderdale.
Demmery is running against Corey Amanda Cawthon for Broward County Judge.