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Sexual And Bigoted Remarks By Broward Democrat Officials Met With Silence From Party Leaders & Legacy Media

Recent news that two of Broward’s elected leaders made inappropriate sexual and/or bigoted remarks while conducting official business inside City Hall was met with silence from the other lawmakers, Democratic Party officials and even the legacy media. On June 9, 2022, REDBROWARD reported how Tamarac Vice Mayor Elberg Mike Gelin directed two bigoted remarks at fellow Commissioner Elvin Villalobos. One week later, REDBROWARD revealed a Human Resources investigation showed Plantation Councilman Nick Sortal made inappropriate sexual and racial remarks to a longtime city employee.

Both men are on the November ballot in races against incumbent female mayors. Both men, and their opponents, are Democrats. As of today, the Sun-Sentinel wrote about the Sortal investigation. Nothing about Gelin’s anti-Hispanic remarks to Villalobos. Nothing else. No angry statements from lawmakers representing Tamarac and Plantation on the State and local levels. No rebukes from Democrat Party leaders or activists.

Mike Gelin is running against Mayor Michelle Gomez. During a Tamarac Commission meeting, Gelin claimed Villalobos thought “Latin American rules” applied in Florida.

Mike Gelin

“This is America. We have freedom of speech,” Gelin lectured. “That should be explained to the Commissioner who may still think that Latin American rules apply in America. And it doesn’t.”

“Excuse me? Excuse me? What do you mean that it doesn’t apply to Latin America, Vice Mayor?” Villalobos asked.

Later, Gelin stated the City Attorney needed to better educate Commissioners, “Who may not understand how this country is governed.”

While filing his paperwork to run against Plantation Mayor Lynn Stoner, Nick Sortal told a black female deputy clerk that “My dick is hard” for a battle with Stoner. Then, after learning there were no black candidates for Mayor, Sortal said, “Oh good, Plantation will never have a black mayor.”

Even though he admitted to making the comments, Nick Sortal spent a week trying to smear anyone reporting the facts. Despite being a former reporter, Sortal urged his supporters to attack the Sun-Sentinel story by Lisa Huriash. Now, Sortal and his allies want to track down the source of the story even though he made a third admission at last Wednesday’s council meeting.

Nick Sortal

Inappropriate sexual remarks. Bigoted remarks against Hispanics. Bigoted remarks against Blacks. Smear and pressure campaigns against the media.

Yet, crickets from the legacy media and party leaders.

This is not “dirty politics” as Sortal claims. This is no ginned up Republican plot.

These two Democrat men are running against two Democrat women.

These two men made bigoted remarks within their City Halls while conducting official business.

Is there no accountability?

Voters in Tamarac and Plantation have noticed.

Are Democrat Party leaders and media types so out of touch with their local constituents that they think it’s ok to ignore this unacceptable behavior from grown men?

Are Democrat leaders and local media so distracted by Governor Ron DeSantis and national politics that they would allow elected officials to spew sexual and racial comments to females and minorities without consequence?

Shame on them.

From left, Archie Bunker, Nick Sortal, and Mike Gelin.

Broward School Board’s “Don’t Say Gay” Political Stunt Fizzles

Broward Democrats and the their usual allies love a good political stunt especially when at the expense of a Republican governor. A few years ago, a “Pink Slip Rick” protest at the Broward School Board headquarters had activists lining the streets of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Local television outlets beamed pictures of teachers and students holding signs bashing then Governor Rick Scott. Local elected officials, candidates and activists fell over themselves trying to get the media to show how much they disliked Republicans.

The political drama unfolding at Tuesday’s school board meeting should have been a repeat of rallies past. Now, the Democrats on the board were set to debate a resolution opposing Governor Ron DeSantis’ signing of parental rights legislation. Designed to keep inappropriate sexual and gender identity topics out of kindergarten, first, second and third grade classrooms, Democrats dubbed the law “don’t say gay” in an attempt to rally their base.

Broward School Chair Laurie Rich Levinson said the proclamation was a sign of “support of gay students, employees and the community.” While several Board members claimed the proclamation was not political, it did state that Governor Ron DeSantis signing of HB 1157 lead to “further “stigmatizing of LGBTQ youth.” Sure it’s hogwash, but that kind of political hogwash should have filled the streets with DeSantis haters and other ne’er do wells.

And when Chairwoman Levinson announced a change in rules because twenty or more citizens signed up to speak, many observers envisioned a long day ahead.

The first five speakers were students from Pompano Beach High School. They supported the proclamation.

Then, six people opposed the proclamation. This group included a Republican running for US Congress and a candidate for the Broward School Board.

Finally, the Broward Democrat machine looked ready to go into high gear.

Another Broward School Board candidate spoke in favor of the proclamation.

Then Broward Teachers Union (BTU) president Anna Fusco addressed the Board. She was followed by perennial whiner Michael Rajner, left-wing Hallandale Beach Commissioner Sabrina Javellana and the president of the Dolphin Democrats.

That was it.

No other elected officials lending their support. No other activists. No members of the African-American community.

A dud.

What happened?

Sure, scheduling will be used as an excuse. But citizens were allowed to call with comments.

Maybe some Democrats saw the issue as old news?

Maybe the Broward Democrat Party’s total disinterest in the Broward School Board is a factor.

But maybe, just maybe, even Broward Democrats sense the prevailing political winds swirling around the Sunshine State.

Why waste a Tuesday afternoon bashing the highly popular Governor DeSantis when he’s going to win anyway?

Chris Nelson opposed the proclamation

“MENTOR:” Why Did Commissioner Elberg Mike Gelin Thank Dale Holness For Help Passing Tamarac Ordinances?

Elberg Mike Gelin wants to be the next mayor of Tamarac so why did he need Dale Holness’ help passing city ordinances? At last week’s poorly attended Holness For Congress campaign kickoff in Plantation, Dale Holness thanked his “good friend” Elberg Mike Gelin for showing up (late) to endorse his second campaign for the CD 20 seat. Holness said Gelin “worked to put many of the things we have built in Broward County into practice.” The former Broward County Commissioner said he and Gelin “collaborated over time.”

Elberg Mike Gelin called Dale Holness an “excellent leader” and his “mentor.” Gelin said Holness gave his “support in getting ordinances passed in Tamarac to benefit the minority community” such as a “disparity study to help women owned small businesses and black owned businesses” and making Juneteenth a paid city holiday.

Just one question: Why was Dale Holness interfering in Tamarac politics at all?

While serving as a Broward County Commissioner, Dale Holness represented the residents of District 9. Holness’ district was comprised of parts of Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Oakland Park, Plantation and Sunrise.

Dale Holness did not represent Tamarac residents.

But as REDBROWARD exposed over the last year, Team Holness tried to control all facets of Tamarac government. Both Gelin and fellow Commissioner Marlon Bolton (D-Clown) are close allies of Dale Holness.

Former interim City Attorney Hans Ottinot recently represented Holness in an ethics matter in Tallahassee.

Dale Holness’ commission aide, Anthony Bonamy, operates the fake news Tamarac Post website which regularly attacks opponents of Gelin and Bolton.

THEY SPEND A LOT OF MONEY

Curiously, Elberg Mike Gelin brought up his failed “disparity study” plan at the Holness event. In late February, Mayor Michelle Gomez and Tamarac Commissioners rejected Gelin’s $300,000 disparity study.

REDBROWARD exposed how Gelin’s wife, Shaheewa Jarret Gelin pushed for a costly disparity study to help her fledgling Black Chamber of Commerce on a podcast hosted by Ann Marie Sorrell, a relative of Dale Holness. Ms. Sorrell was one of the consultants seeking $300,000 from Tamarac taxpayers.

Sorrell was probably listening when Mrs. Gelin told her that “[Tamarac] spend[s] a lot of money!”

Dale Holness does not care about Tamarac taxpayers. Team Holness needs Tamarac votes because parts of the city lie within Congressional District CD 20. Last November, Holness was defeated by Sheila Cherfilus McCormick. Holness needs Gelin and Bolton’s help fooling Tamarac voters to pick him this August.

Do Tamarac voters really want a Holness puppet like Elberg Mike Gelin as mayor?

Take a peek over at Lauderhill. Before getting elected as County Commissioner, Dale Holness served on the Lauderhill Commission.

Holness will use Gelin and Bolton to remake Tamarac. Do Tamarac residents want the Dale Holness makeover?