“If this isn’t public corruption, I don’t know what is.” Nikki Fried
While Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried and Senate Democrat Leader Gary Farmer scream for an investigation into whether Florida Governor Ron DeSantis allowed certain communities to receive COVID-19 vaccinations for political reasons, e-mails show their fellow Broward Democrats were allowing politicians to personally pick vaccination recipients. In a January 28, 2021 e-mail obtained by REDBROWARD, a City of Lauderhill clerk told Mayor Ken Thurston about a vaccination event hosted by Florida State Representative Anika Omphroy (D-95). Thurston and Commissioners Denise Grant, Melissa Dunn, Sarai “Ray” Martin and Lawrence “Jabbow” Martin were told they could reserve spots for ten people each at the January 31, 2021 vaccination event.
Mayor Thurston and the Lauderhill Commissioners were told:
“I was advised that each [sic] of the Commission can send 10 people each who are 65 and older to get vaccinated this Sunday. These people do not have to be residents of the City of Lauderhill. Please provide a list of their names, contact numbers and date of births [sic] that will be forwarded to Representative Omphroy.”
A February Facebook post by Representative Omphroy confirms the vaccination event was held at the First Baptist Chruch Piney Grove in Lauderdale Lakes. Omphroy wrote, “This collaboration was full of care and all about community service. Being able to partner with Paster Hughes and FL Department of Emergency Managment to help serve Floridians specifically our 65+ seniors made my heart full.” Representative Omphroy stated more than 430 residents were vaccinated at this event.
Representative Anika Omphroy specifically thanked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida National Guard. But she also thanked the Florida Democratic Party.
Does Nikki Fried want the FBI to investigate the FLDEMS?
Omphroy specifically thanked City of Lauderdale Lakes Mayor Hazelle Rogers. Does Senator Gary Farmer want the FBI to investigate whether fellow Broward Democrat Hazelle Rogers and the other Broward Democrats on the Lauderdale Lakes Commission picked friends to get vaccinated?
What about the other Broward Democrat controlled cities in Omphroy’s district?
Did other Democrat State Representatives from Broward host similar vaccination events? Did they allow local Democrats to reserve vaccinations for friends?
Did Senator Farmer host an event?
REDBROWARD asked Representative Omphroy, Mayor Ken Thurston and the Lauderhill Commissioners for comment.
As of publication, there has been no response