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Dean Trantalis’ “Radical” Campaign Operative Ran For Socialist Party Presidential Nomination

Elijah Manley, a paid operative for Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis’ mayoral campaign, wanted to run for President of the United States on the Socialist Party ticket. In 2015, published reports documented Manley’s trip to the Socialist Party convention in Wisconsin. Manley told the New Times, “He identifies as an independent but says if he had to label his political leanings, he’d call himself a Democratic socialist. He’s one of seven candidates slated to speak and debate at Socialist Party USA’s national convention in Milwaukee….”

REDBROWARD exposed Manley’s radical views on Israel, North Korea and local politicians. Official campaign financial reports show Dean Trantalis paid Elijah Manley for volunteer work. Why would the progressive Democrat Trantalis hire a radical socialist to knock on doors for him?

REDBROWARD revealed Elijah Manley is one of the players on Team Dale Holness. For reasons unknown, Dale Holness wants Dean Trantalis to be the next Mayor of Fort Lauderdale. In addition to working for Holness’ 2016 re-election campaign, Elijah Manley employs Dale Holness’ daughter Damara as his Broward School Board Member campaign manager. Dale Holness has endorsed Manley’s campaign.

Will Dean Trantalis endorse Manley? What does Dale Holness want from Dean Trantalis? Will Dale Holness be the real power behind Dean Trantalis?

Fort Lauderdale voters deserve answers before next Tuesday’s election.

Fort Lauderdale Candidates’ Final Debate

On Tuesday evening, the Council Of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations presented a “Meet The Candidates” forum at Fort Lauderdale City Hall. Sun-Sentinel reporter Brittany Wallman posed questions to candidates in the Mayoral, District 2, District 3 and District 4 races.

Click here and here to watch Fort Lauderdale Mayoral candidate debate (Bruce Roberts, Charlotte Rodstrom and Dean Trantalis).

Click here to watch Fort Lauderdale District 2 candidate debate (George Castrataro, Steve Glassman, Chad Maxey, Tim Smith, and Lester Zalewski).

Click here to watch Fort Lauderdale District 4 candidate debate (Walter Duke, Ben Sorensen and Warren Sturman).

“Radical” Team Dale Holness Candidate Knocking On Doors For Dean Trantalis

Elijah Manley, self-described “radical” Broward County School Board candidate, is taking time out of his campaign to knock on doors for Fort Lauderdale mayoral candidate Dean Trantalis. In December, the twenty-something Manley told his Facebook friends he had spent the day knocking on doors for Trantalis. Manley has been endorsed by controversial Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness. Manley’s Facebook page is filled with troubling posts regarding Israel, socialism and other Broward politicians.

In numerous Facebook posts, Elijah Manley attacks the “Apartheid State of Israel.” He wants to “Free Palestine from the apartheid terrorist occupation called Israel.” Manley posted a vicious cartoon of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the caption, “I don’t always send my troops to rape and kill Arab children, but when I do, American taxpayers fund it.”

In one post, Manley is asked what he would say to everyone in the world. He responded, “REVOLUTION. TEAR IT ALL DOWN.”

This is hardly mainstream thinking in Broward Democratic circles, right?

In other posts, Manley attacks local Broward politicians who opposed Dale Holness. He tells former State Senator Chris Smith to “go away” after receiving a Christmas greeting in the mail. Manley calls Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Robert McKinzie “a dog.” Team Holness candidate Donna Guthrie is challenging McKinzie in the January 16th primary.


On Elijah Manley’s official website, Damara Holness is listed as his campaign manger. Damara Holness is the daughter of Dale Holness. In 2014 REDBROWARD reported Damara Holness was dating County Commission District 2 write-in candidate Tyron Francois. In court testimony, Francois admitted he did not live in District 2. Many insiders believed Holness placed Francois in the race to help get his preferred candidate elected. While the State Attorney would later determine Francois committed perjury, no charges were ever filed.

On his campaign website, Manley claims to be endorsed by Dale Holness, Congressman Alcee Hastings, Green Party candidate Jill Stein and something called “Democratic Socialists Of America (Broward Chapter).”

Is Dean Trantalis seeking these endorsements as well?

Why is Dale Holness so eager to help Dean Trantalis? What does Dale Holness have planned for the City of Fort Lauderdale?

Voters deserve answers before next week’s primary.