Most political insiders believe Ben Sorensen’s only path to victory in the CD 23 Democratic primary is painting fellow Democrat Jared Moskowitz as a Ron DeSantis puppet. Sorensen, a Fort Lauderdale Commissioner, is running against Broward County Commissioner Jared Moskowitz to replace Ted Deutch in Congress. Sorensen takes that path in his latest web commercial but the execution is downright laughable.
Sorensen starts by claiming Moskowitz pushed a “Trumpy agenda.” No idea what that means, but the Sorensen “brain trust” of former Broward Democratic Party officials must think Moskowitz is a closet Donald Trump/MAGA supporter. Kind of laughable considering Hillary Clinton endorsed Jared Moskowitz this summer.
Later in the ad, Sorensen tries to act tough by declaring he will never “kiss Ron DeSantis’ ass.” Governor Ron DeSantis must be so relieved.
Broward mailboxes are filling up with another pro-Dale Holness voter guide from a political committee tied to Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton. The “Broward County Voters Guide” comes courtesy of “Our Blue Democracy” a Federal PAC located in Tallahassee.
Featuring pictures of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the guide endorses Dale Holness over incumbent Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus McCormick. Our Blue Democracy also supports Broward County Commission candidate Hazelle Rogers over Guithele Ruiz Nicolas, US Congressional candidate Ben Sorensen over Jared Moskowitz and Charlie Crist over Nikki Fried.
OUR BLUE BROWARD
Last February, REDBROWARD exposed the deep ties between Our Blue Democracy and Marlon Bolton.
During the November 2020 election, some Broward residents received the “Our Florida Democracy” voters guide. The guide is still available on the Our Blue Broward website. The guide states it was produced by the Our Blue Democracy political committee located at 1563 Capital Circle S.E. address in Tallahassee.
The guide endorsed most of the Democrat candidates on the 2020 ballot. But a few candidates received special notice including pictures alongside Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. In addition to being pictured with the Presidential nominee, these special candidates received their own sections on the guide.
Who were these candidates?
Marlon Bolton, former Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, the late Congressman Alcee Hastings, North Lauderdale Commissioner Regina Martin and Tamarac Commissioner Elvin Villalobos.
Federal records show Our Blue Democracy was formed in September 2020 by its treasurer Malucci Joseph. Our Blue Democracy used the same address and telephone number as the Conservative Converance PAC operated by Malucci Joseph.
REDBROWARD revealed Malucci Joseph, a singer and active participant at services held at Marlon Bolton’s Praise Experience Worldwide Outreach church in North Lauderdale is tied to other political committees which support Bolton or his allies. These include Go Tamarac Go PAC and Residents United PAC.
Federal campaign reports show a September 18, 2020 contribution of $5,000 by Malucci Joseph. Four days later, Our Blue Democracy paid $3,309.34 to Minuteman Press of Coral Springs for mailing services and $900 to Xpress Color of Lauderdale Lakes for printing services. These are the same companies used by Residents United PAC, Conservative Governance PAC and Go Tamarac Go PAC.
REDBROWARD wanted to ask Broward resident Malucci Joseph why she opened so many Tallahassee based political committees.
This reporter called the Tallahassee telephone number listed for both committees: (850) 220-7853.
But Malucci Joseph did not answer the phone.
MARLON BOLTON ANSWERS REDBROWARD PHONE CALL
“Hello?” Marlon Bolton said.
“Who’s this?” Bolton said.
This reporter identified himself and the publication and asked Bolton why he was answering a telephone number listed for two Tallahassee based political committees.
“Tom Lauder, I don’t consider you a real reporter?”
We stated that’s his opinion and asked what his role is with the Conservative Governance PAC, the Our Blue Democracy guide and the Our Blue Broward website.
Bolton said, “Tom Lauder, do you have any other questions, not related to these PACs?”
We asked Bolton if he had recently hired an attorney.
“Tom Lauder, do you have any other questions?”
We asked if he had been interviewed by any Federal, State or local law enforcement agents.
“Goodbye, Tom Lauder,” Bolton said.
In January, Our Blue Democracy reported a $500 payment to Happy Feet Advertising LLC. REDBROWARD has exposed Marlon Bolton’s ties to the Margate advertising firm.
In February, Our Blue Democracy reported a $5,000 contribution from Costa Properties, Inc of Pompano Beach.
In March, The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) advised Our Blue Democracy it was being terminated.
How many times will phony voter guides promoting Dale Holness litter Broward mailboxes and early voting locations?
REDBROWARD has documented the numerous shady political committees that produced these cards. These PACs are operated by Holness Allie’s like Omar Miguel Smith.
Earlier this month, Smith plead guilty to Federal fraud charges.
Did any of these candidates pay to appear on the Our Blue Democracy card?
Did any of these candidates ask to appear on the Our Blue Democracy card?
Did any candidates, especially the judicial candidates, do ANY research into the people behind Our Blue Democracy?
Will anyone stop these shadowy political committees and shady companies from continually trying to interfere with local, State and Federal elections?
Or, will allies and cronies of Dale Holness, Omar Smith and Marlon Bolton keep laughing all the way to the ballot box?