Rod Velez hoped a sham swearing ceremony in front of television cameras and other School Board Members would keep Governor Ron DeSantis from appointing someone to the Broward School Board District 1 seat. Those hopes were dashed Thursday morning when REDBROWARD broke the news that Governor DeSantis had declared a vacancy and appointed Daniel Foganholi to the District 1 seat. The word spread like wildfire at the Broward School Board headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.
Velez, a convicted felon, never restored his right to hold public office. Even though he won the November election, Velez was ineligible to hold a seat on the Broward School Board. As REDBROWARD previously reported, Velez did not take the oath of office in November after a meeting with Florida Department Of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents. Velez was told taking the oath would constitute an act of perjury.
Even though his right to hold office was not restored, Velez planned on taking some sort of oath on Thursday. Velez invited television and newspaper reporters to his 11AM ceremony. A high level source told REDBROWARD that sitting School Board Members were invited to the ceremony. But at 10:15AM REDBROWARD revealed Governor Ron DeSantis had declared the District 1 seat vacant.
After giving an incoherent statement to remaining members of the media, Rod Velez decided to be an online tough guy. Velez skipped all talk of discussing possible lawsuits with his team. Instead, Velez tried some vulgar machismo.
On Facebook, Rod Velez wrote, “Who had the balls to take on the Governor?” After a several comments were made, Rod Velez deleted the post.
Perhaps his legal team informed him that taunting the Governor was not a good strategy?
Perhaps his closest advisor, Barbara Miller, disapproved of his language?
In the end, it is just another example of why Rod Velez was the wrong choice for the Broward School Board.
Tom, while Mr. Velez may not have used the cleanest language, I know you, I, and perhaps 18,000,000 other Floridians have used much worse language, particularly when it comes to the raw politicization and deceitful maneuvers used by Ron DeSantis on an almost daily basis against those who he hasn’t conquered and brought to their knees. Velez was elected to his his post by the CITIZENS OF BROWARD COUNTY, not the DeSantis sycophants of the sort planted in every arm of state government. That many members of society gleefully celebrate the Fascist-like activities of our Governor is not cause for celebration, rather an occasion to determine why so much hate and raw ambition runs the state, instead of amity, care, and concern towards his constituents.
LOL!!! Tom, that phrase hardly passes muster as “vulgar” in today’s politics as you undoubtedly know and replacing Velez with one of DeSantis’ political fluffers, I would submit, is hardly a step up. Foganholi is also the guy who orchestrated the attempted Board coup last month of the short lived firing of Superintendent Cartwright. Yeah, things will just be sooooooo much better with him back on board.
Last I remember, Cartwright was ineligible to become the permanent Superintendent after her temporary tag had expired. I guess rules and contracts don’t matter much nowadays, just one big free-for-all.
Thanks to our Governor trying to bring sanity to the Broward School Board!
How is it that you failed to mention the fact that a court had ruled that Rod Velez was eligible to hold office on the same day that the governor usurped the district one seat on the Broward County School Board???
Hey Robert! We “failed to mention” it because Judge Fahenstock never ruled he was eligible to hold office. She dismissed the action brought by Ms Martin. Rod Velez is STILL ineligible to hold public office. Merry Christmas!