Broward Judicial Wannabe Kissing Up To Scandal-Plagued Pols

Lea Krauss with Scott Brook, via Facebook
Lea Krauss with Scott Brook, via Facebook

Lea Krauss’ indiscriminate kissing up to Broward Democrats has brought her into the orbit of some of the most scandal-plagued politicos. This wouldn’t be a big deal if she was just your run-of-the-mill Democrat candidate, but Lea Krauss wants to be a Broward County Circuit Court Judge. Even worse, Krauss touts her political connections on her campaign website.

Boastful of her 150 endorsements on her campaign website, Krauss lists the names of politicians and lobbyists as if it were a badge of honor for someone seeking a seat on the Broward Bench. Lobbyists like Steve Geller, a huge proponent of legalized gambling and currently running for a spot on the Broward County Commission. Also on Lea Krauss’ hot list: lobbyist Mike Moskowitz, County Commissioner Stacy Ritter and former Congressman Larry Smith.

Guess Lea sticks to Lexis instead of Google.

Krauss’ political butt-smooching gets worse on Facebook. She posts pics, arm in arm, with controversial Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness and Daniel Sohn, Dania Beach Commission candidate/king of mysterious non-profit groups.

Come on Lea, Google is your friend.

A recent post has Krauss all smiles with former Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook. According to the post, Krauss and Brook were attending a North Broward Bar function in Coral Springs.

Maybe it was a legal ethics review course. Brook is infamous for his ethics.

In November 2011, Brook dropped out the Florida House race after he was “dragged down by the dirty developers, Bruce and Shawn Chait.” Buddy Nevins of BrowardBeat reported, “The Florida Ethics Commission staff is recommending commissioners find probable cause to believe Brook broke state ethics laws.  He is alleged to have accepted a boat trip, food and drink from the Chaits while voting on their controversial golf course project.” Nevins wrote the ethics complaint alleged:

  • In 2006, Brook asked the Chaits for use of their 74-foot Viking yacht to watch the Fort Lauderdale Air and Sea Show on May 6.  The developers  said the yacht was not available, but offered Brook a 27-foot boat instead.
  • Brook accepted and took his wife, children, another couple and their children to view the show.  He was given free drinks and snacks.
  • Less than three weeks later, Brook voted to approve development of 161 acres the Chaits owned in Tamarac with 931 homes.

Brook, a lawyer and Mayor of a large Broward city, used ignorance as his defense. He told the Sun-Sentinel, “he had never rented a boat before and now ‘I can understand most people would value that as more than $100. I apologize. I’m taking responsibility by accepting the fine.'” Yep, most people assume you can rent a boat for less than $100 bucks.

When asked if the boat ride influenced his vote, Brook said, “Not at all.”

In testimony to prosecutors, Brook believed his use of a boat, a captain, gas and food for $100 bucks had nothing to do with his vote on a project. Brook said, “For me, when somebody like Mr. Chait had made the generous offer that he did, had nothing to do in my mind in reality with any vote coming up or that just occurred.”

Broward County deserves members of the judiciary who don’t go around snapping selfies with the likes of former Mayor Scott Brook.

School Board Member Ann Murray Latest Broward Dem Pandering To Islamic Groups

Broward School Board Member Ann Murray with folks from Emerge USA and ICNA Relief
Broward School Board Member Ann Murray with folks from Emerge USA and ICNA Relief

Broward School Board Member Ann Murray is the latest local Democrat pandering to Emerge USA PAC, an Islamic political action committee. First reported by FRONTPAGE magazine, Murray welcomed several Islamic groups into Miramar Elementary for a “back to school” supplies giveaway. The groups included Emerge USA, CAIR, and ICNA Relief (Islamic Circle of North America).

Frontpage reporter, Joe Kaufman wrote, “ICNA Relief is the main charity of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the American affiliate of South Asian Islamist group Jamaat-e-Islami. Jamaat-e-Islami’s militant wing, Hizbul Mujahideen, owned the Pakistani compound where Osama bin Laden was killed in. ICNA has been linked to terrorist financing and has used the web to promote a number of terrorist groups, including Hamas, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and the Taliban.” Photographs of Murray with representatives of Emerge USA and ICNA were posted on the ICNA Relief’s Facebook page. Murray is just the latest Broward Democrat to pander to Emerge USA and its allies.

In July, REDBROWARD reported Democratic State Committeeman Ken Evans attended a Ramadan celebration honoring a controversial Islamic professor in Palm Beach. Evans attended an EMERGE USA dinner honoring the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR) founder Bassem Al-Halabi for “his leadership and contributions to the community.” According to published reports, Al-Halabi has ties to Sami Al-Arian, a radical Islamic professor at the University of South Florida (USF).

As REDBROWARD previously reported, EMERGE USA and the Florida Democratic Party have forged an alliance to boost turnout of Muslim voters.

In 2014, EMERGE USA worked closely with Charlie Crist’s failed gubernatorial campaign. REDBROWARD published EMERGE USA emails showing how it pressured Crist into making a hasty Ramadan greeting on social media.

REDBROWARD exposed how Broward candidates hid their EMERGE USA endorsements from their traditional base of Jewish Democratic voters in 2014.

Last month, REDBROWARD published photographs of female Broward judicial candidates covering their heads at a Ramadan event in Sunrise.

Did School Board Member Murray take the opportunity to have a “teaching moment” with the kids of Miramar Elementary? Did Ann Murray challenge the folks from Emerge USA and ICNA on women’s rights in the Muslim world?

Will Ann Murray and the other Broward Democrats hide their support for Emerge USA from their loyal Jewish voters throughout the county?icna2

 

Broward Democrat Leader Breaks Bread With Controversial Islamic Professor

Ken Evans in top middle next to Dave Aronberg
Ken Evans in top middle next to Dave Aronberg

Last week, Broward Democrat State Committeeman Ken Evans attended a Ramadan celebration honoring a controversial Islamic professor in Palm Beach. Evans attended an EMERGE USA dinner honoring the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR) founder Bassem Al-Halabi for “his leadership and contributions to the community.” According to published reports, Al-Halabi has ties to Sami Al-Arian, a radical Islamic professor at the University of South Florida (USF).

In 2006, Sami Al-Arian was sentenced to 57 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to providing support to Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). In February 2015, Al-Arian was deported to Turkey. Published reports state Bassem Al-Ahalabi worked with Al-Arian and used him as a reference. “Upon applying for his position as FAU associate professor, [Bassem Al-halabi] used Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian as a reference,” Kaufman told those gathered. “Al-halabi wrote a number of publications with al-Arian. These publications were showcased in Damascus, Syria, where Al-halabi is from and where the headquarters of Islamic Jihad is located.”

In an interview with Palm Beach television station WPTV, Al-Halabi claimed his association with Al-Arian was no big deal. “[Al-Halabi] says Al-Arian was his advisor when he was a university student and they worked together on technical journals 20 years ago, nothing more.”

Al-Halabi’s ICBR has been controversial as well.

In 2007, Palm Beach physician and ICBR member Dr. Rafiq Sabir, was convicted  participating in a conspiracy to provide aid to al-Qaeda. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

“Sabir and a martial arts instructor, Tarik Shah were filmed by an undercover FBI agent in 2005 swearing allegiance, the bayyat to al-Qaeda and ‘Sheikh Osama,’ was indicated that it was their intent to deliver medical aid and martial arts training to the world’s most infamous terrorist group.”

So why was Ken Evans honoring this guy?

As REDBROWARD previously reported, EMERGE USA and the Florida Democratic Party have forged an allegiance to boost turnout of Muslim voters.

In 2014, EMERGE USA worked closely with Charlie Crist’s failed gubernatorial campaign. REDBROWARD published EMERGE USA emails showing how it pressured Crist into making a hasty Ramadan greeting on social media.

REDBROWARD exposed how Broward candidates hid their EMERGE USA endorsements from their traditional base of Jewish Democratic voters in 2014.

Last month, REDBROWARD published photographs of female Broward judicial candidates covering their heads at a Ramadan event in Sunrise.

Did Evans use this dinner as a “teaching moment” to lecture about the mistreatment of Muslim women? Did Evans ask Professor Al-Halabi what he’s doing to stop the radicalization of young Muslim-American students?evansemerge211350655_10153368332219588_5060582399742957628_n