Since her monumental failure in the recent City Of Fort Lauderdale elections, the already controversial consultant Judy Stern may be even more radioactive among the Broward political class. But Stern’s epic failures do not seem to concern Broward County Judicial candidate Tanner Demmery. Perhaps young Mr. Demmery failed to notice how Dean Trantalis trounced Stern-backed Bruce Roberts on his way to becoming Mayor of Fort Lauderdale?
In December, REDBROWARD reported campaigns signs for Bruce Roberts’ mayoral campaign appear were stamped with a bogus union label. Under the auspices of the Teamsters Union, the Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU) governs union print shops in Florida. According to the Teamsters website, only eight Florida print shops are authorized to use the union label with just one shop, Union Printing, located in Broward County.
After winning the endorsement of Fort Lauderdale police and fire unions, many assumed Bruce Roberts would use a union print shop for his campaign printing needs. A large Bruce Roberts campaign sign sported a union label with the 322c number assigned to Union Printing in Hollywood.
But Bruce Roberts did not hire Union Printing. Dean Trantalis paid Union Printing for campaign work. According to campaign treasurer reports, Bruce Roberts paid $6,095 To Publicity Hound Promotions, Inc. for campaign signs.
REDBROWARD contacted Publicity Hound Promotions owner Lisa Mortilla.
When asked why the signs had the Union Printing label, she said, “because they were printed by a union shop.” When told the number belongs specifically to Union Printing Of Hollywood, Mortilla said she was walking into a meeting and hung up.
When contacted by REDBROWARD, a representative from Union Printing stated they were exploring legal options as well as options through the Teamsters Union. One local politico outside of Florida confirmed this Union-busting blunder hurt Stern’s standing with many candidates.
Other Stern clients used Publicity Hound Promotions in the past. In 2016, Publicity Hounds Promotions did print work for Judge Florence Barner and Judge Kim Mollica.
Now, judicial candidate Tanner Demmery is paying Publicity Hound Promotions for print work.
REDBROWARD reached out to Demmery with questions about his ties to Judy Stern. While she is not listed as his consultant, the March 2018 campaign treasurer’s report shows his campaign paid Judy Stern for a seat at her table for the Fort Lauderdale Fraternal Order Of Police event in March.
We will update story if Demmery responds.
Demmery, a lawyer/real estate agent, faces off against Leonore Greller and Corey Cawthon in August.