While Fort Lauderdale residents and city workers continued the clean up of six recent major sewer line breaks, Mayor Dean Trantalis had more pressing business to attend to. Dean Trantalis spent his Saturday with Oprah Winfrey. Trantalis secured very pricey seats to the kickoff of “Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus” at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. The day-long self-help seminar featured Oprah Winfrey and guests Lady Gaga and Julianne Hough.
According to ticket selling websites, seats near the stage were fetching prices north of $600 per ticket. Dean Trantalis and a City Of Fort Lauderdale Community Outreach Manager sat in the row behind Oprah’s bff Gayle King of CBS News. Unlike Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief, Dean Trantalis failed to post any pictures of the event.
One Facebook user posted a short video of Trantalis speaking with Winfrey.
On the popular Paul Castronovo radio program (BIG 105.9 FM), host Paul Castronovo mentioned Trantalis spent the entire day “on stage” with Oprah. Castronovo show co-host “Toast” asked if Trantalis discussed the “poo water.”
If the sewer issue is such an emergency, why did Dean Trantalis spend the day in west Broward with celebrities? While repairs continue, nothing has returned to normal. Two residents were hospitalized with infections after coming into contact with the water. Millions and millions of gallons of raw sewage was pumped into the Tarpon River and Himmarshee Canal, but Trantalis posted that tests deemed the water safe. One resident posted photographs on Trantalis’ Facebook page of after receiving a call that it was safe to swim in the water. The user wrote, “There’s literally a ‘sanitary napkin’ floating by.”
Don’t Fort Lauderdale residents deserve true leadership?
Broward County continues to prepare for a massive Trump rally tonight at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. While President Donald Trump will not take the stage until 7pm, the area around the arena was filling with supporters around 9am. Tents offering t-shirts and signs were set up a few yards away from a growing line of Trump supporters. Many roads surrounding the arena and the neighboring Sawgrass Mills Mall were already blocked by dump trucks and police barricades. Doors at the BB&T Center will open at 3pm Tuesday afternoon.
Multiple sources tell REDBROWARD a local millenial “leader” was responsible for seating disgraced ex-Congressman Mark Foley behind the podium at Wednesday’s Donald Trump rally in Sunrise, Florida. Sources say Lauren Cooley, a 24 year old musician, controlled the seating arrangements in the section behind Donald Trump. Foley’s presence at the rally was used by the liberal media to blunt Trump’s criticism of Hillary Clinton allowing the father of the Pulse nightclub terrorist to sit behind her at a recent Orlando rally.
In 2006, Mark Foley was forced to resign from office after it was revealed he sent sexually charged messages to underage congressional pages. At the time Foley said, “I am deeply sorry and I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida I have had the privilege to represent.” The Foley scandal helped Democrats retake control of Congress in 2006.
Of course, Cooley may not have been aware of this since she was just 14 years old at the time.
Sources say Cooley was very “hands on” in the seating process. She even threatened to have security remove people who did not belong in her section. Who gave this local musician such authority?
Some Republican insiders believe it was local Trump campaign official Dolly Rump and her husband Mike Rump. Both Rumps supported Cooley’s failed bid to become Broward Republican chair. (REDBROWARD revealed Cooley was more interested in self-promotion and selfies than electing Broward Republicans.) Mike Rump was spotted in the stands on Wednesday, haphazardly handing out wristbands to the VIP section in front of the podium.
Other insiders theorize Sharon Day, the RNC Co-Chair, empowered Cooley. Day, a big supporter of Charlie Crist and Jeb Bush, helped Cooley attend the RNC convention in Cleveland. In a Twitter post, Cooley thanked Day for giving her a pass to attend the festivities.
This whole mess shows the danger of using inexperienced millenials for the sake of looking good or inclusive. Many experienced volunteers would have gladly helped make sure Donald Trump avoided another manufactured mainstream media controversy.
This reporter spotted Foley at 6pm and tweeted about him not belonging there. Guess Lauren Cooley was too busy barking orders or taking selfies.