In a bizarre effort to address claims he threw his daughter “under the bus” following her arrest last month for her role in federal conspiracy to fraudulently obtain a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness threw his son under the very same bus. Last month, the U.S. Attorney charged Damara Holness with conspiracy to commit wire fraud to obtain a $350,000 PPP loan. In August 2020, REDBROWARD first exposed how Damara Holness landed a huge loan using her father’s business address in loan documents.
Dale Holness quickly tried to distance himself from his daughter. Following her arrest, Dale Holness made the laughable claim that he was “estranged for years” from Damara Holness. REDBROWARD showed the deep political ties between father and daughter over the few election cycles. Apparently, REDBROWARD readers were not the only ones to think Holness threw his daughter under the bus.
On August 21, 2021 Dale Holness was the guest on the “RACE and The Races” Facebook program. From the start, Holness showed his displeasure with the hosts who dared to discuss the recent arrest of Damara Holness. He scolded hosts Narnike Grant and Sandra Cherfrere for listening to “gossip” that could damage his chances to win the U.S Congressional seat previously held by Alcee Hastings.
Both hosts stated that black women were unhappy with Holness’ “estranged” statement following Damara Holness’ arrest. They wondered why Holness “threw his daughter under the bus” instead of saying nothing.
How did Dale Holness respond?
UNDER THE BUS
The U.S. Attorney alleges Damara Holness wrote checks to individuals in an attempt to conceal her PPP loan fraud. The Federal Government alleges Damara Holness wrote checks to individuals who then endorsed the checks back to her. Once the checks were cashed, the individuals received a small percentage of the amount while Damara Holness kept the rest.
During his appearance on “RACE and The Races,” Dale Holness appeared desperate to distance himself from this check cashing scheme. So desperate that he appears to implicate his namesake son in his daughter’s scheme.
Holness was angry that one of the hosts mentioned he may have received a check from Damara Holness. “Nonsense,” Holness said. But Dale Holness was not satisfied with his denial. He decided to throw his son under the bus.
Holness said, “I have a son, Dale Holness, similar to mine. I don’t know if he got any but I didn’t get no check.”
Dale Holness continued, “you have to be careful when you put stuff out there, it’s dangerous and damaging to people….”
So why did Dale Holness bring his 35 year old son into this?
Does Dale Holness know that checks were made out to “Dale Holness?”
His son was never mentioned in the charging documents.
Why would Dale Holness do something so “dangerous and damaging” like dropping his son into the middle of an ongoing Federal investigation?
Is Dale Holness so desperate to save his own political skin that he would throw not one but two of his children under the bus?
A real father of the year.