Political operatives are poised to expose racy photographs of a Speedo-clad Sheriff Gregory Tony at local swinger events. A Republican operative shared some of the photographs of the embattled Sheriff Tony at events hosted by “The Bliss Club.” According to its website, The Bliss Club is the “[number one] private party organization in the world for young, fit, attractive bi-sexy women and select couples.” The Club claims to host “scandalous and outrageous underground erotic theme events, club invasions, pool parties and group vacations.”
On its signup page, The Bliss Club states, “We are one of, if not the only truly screened lifestyle events in the world that bases membership acceptance on physical attractiveness.”
REDBROWARD obtained photographs of Sheriff Tony attending “Liquid Bliss” pool parties in 2015 and 2016. At each event, Tony wears nothing but a tiny bathing suit and sunglasses.
While the photographs are five years old, the Republican operative worried that Tony still engaged in the lifestyle promoted by groups such as The Bliss Club. The operative stated Tony has become a huge embarrassment for Governor Ron DeSantis who appointed him last year.
Today, Sheriff Tony admitted to keeping details of the 1993 shooting of Hector “Chino” Rodriguez from Governor DeSantis. The Florida Bulldog first reported a 14 year old Tony was charged with the murder of Rodriguez in Philadelphia.
Speaking with The Sun-Sentinel on Sunday, Sheriff Tony said he didn’t remember the details of the shooting.
“We’re going back 27 years ago,” he said, emphasizing that authorities ultimately cleared him.
The Sun-Sentinel details Tony’s failure to disclose the shooting:
Helen Ferre, the governor’s communications director, said DeSantis was told Saturday by his chief of staff, Shane Strum. She said she didn’t know if Tony reached out to the governor’s office or if Strum learned about it from news reports.
Until then, Ferre said via text, “the governor was not aware of this 1993 incident when Sheriff Gregory Tony was a 14-year-old living in Philadelphia with his family.”
Tony said he didn’t think disclosure would have impacted the governor’s decision. “You’re saying that I should have disclosed a horrific incident that I faced as a 14-year-old kid, where I had to survive a shooting,” he said. “… Why would I put myself in a position where I’m talking about a brutal attack that I survived, for the sake of an interview? I don’t think anyone would have done that.”
He said he spoke with DeSantis this weekend, and the governor “wanted to see me continue to push on and not be distracted with the politics down here and keep doing what’s right for Broward County.”
The Republican operative believes the Governor should not face further embarrassment due to the behavior of Sheriff Tony.
“Tony was a cop for nearly a decade,” the operative said. “Governor DeSantis was right to assume a certified police officer like Greg Tony had been fully vetted by his department.”
With the August Democrat Party primary looming, Sheriff Tony needs to address all of these issues forthrightly. While consenting adults can conduct themselves however they choose in private, Tony’s position as Broward’s top cop leaves him open to these lines of inquiry.