Even though he just entered the campaign, Scott Israel jumped into a big fundraising lead for the 2020 Broward Sheriff’s race. Israel hauled in 116 contributions totaling $76,210 for his Democratic Party campaign. Israel was removed from office by Governor Ron DeSantis.
Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony, the man Governor DeSantis picked to replace Israel, has yet to file campaign paperwork. Last month, Broward School Board Member Lori Alhadeff held a fundraiser for a political committee supporting Sheriff Tony. So far, the Broward First political committee has reported $22,600 in contributions from three donors. Tony is a registered Democrat.
Democrat Al Pollock’s campaign reports $21,410 in contributions from 75 supporters.
The rest of the Democrat field is far behind. Andrew Smalling Of Lauderdale Lakes reports $14,732 in contributions. Santiago Vazquez raised $7,535 while Willie Jones reports just $4,949 in contributions.
According to his campaign reports, Raymond Hicks has not raised any money.
On the Republican side, H. Wayne Clark has raised $2,125 since joining the race in May.
Perennial candidate David Rosenthal (CPF-No Chance) raised $1,860 while managing to spend $2,232 for his 2020 bid.
“Mystery Man” Edison Jules remains unknown to local voters, even though his campaign for Broward Sheriff is not his first foray into electoral politics. A REDBROWARD investigation found Jules played a major role in the recent Haitian Presidential elections. Serving as the senior political adviser for a Presidential candidate, sources said Jules was tapped to be a potential vice presidential candidate.
REDBROWARD obtained Jules’ business card he used as the “Chief Political Advisor” for Willy Duchene. In July, Haitian officials removed Duchene from the ballot. The officials claimed Duchene never renounced his U.S. citizenship. They determined Duchene voted in an American election in 1995. “‘Having had information that Mr. Duchene lied, we had set to investigate his case for a long time until confirmed,’ said the electoral councilor Marie Carmelle Austin Paul, contacted by the newspaper and did not reveal the source who put a flea in their ear.'”
According to two sources, it was Edison Jules who put a “flea in their ear.” The sources told REDBROWARD Duchene and Jules had a “falling out.” Both sources said Jules wanted to be Duchene’s “vice-president.”
When contacted by REDBROWARD, Duchene denied Jules played any role in his removal from the election. “Jules is a great guy,” Duchene said. “I grew up with his father in Haiti.” Duchene stated Jules was his senior political adviser. “He helped me speak to the people. He wrote for me.” Duchene said Jules was never going to be his vice-president. He said Jules left the campaign to run for Broward Sheriff.
Duchene confirmed Jules still lives at his Sunrise home. Last May, REDBROWARD exposed Jules’ residency games.
On January 27, 2015, Edison Jules registered to vote in Broward County as a Democrat. Jules listed a Plantation apartment at 1600 SW 78th Avenue as his mailing address. Jules stated he lived at 11701 NW 29th Street in Sunrise. According to the Broward Property Appraiser, this Sunrise home is owned by Willy Duchene.
When REDBROWARD visited, no one answered the door but dogs were barking.
A neighbor told REDBROWARD that several people have lived there over the last six months. The neighbor said he believes “A Mayor from Jamaica” lives there.
Duchene said Jules still lives at the Sunrise home. “Sometimes he goes off to sleep with his girlfriend, but he still lives here.”
Despite all the questions and controversies, Jules is still challenging Broward Sheriff Scott Israel for the Democrat nomination.
A new report claims “Mystery Man” Edison Jules has several new “political wackos” supporting his campaign for Broward County Sheriff. BrowardBeat.com reports Jules shared an event with a man accused of murdering on behalf of a deadly cult and other fringe elements of Broward politics. A picture from event shows Jules with a “sovereign peace officer” who was thrown out of court for refusing to remove his hat.
According to the report, The Westside Gazette, a local newspaper serving the black community, posted an picture of Jules with two other men on Instagram. The newspaper wrote:
“Maurice Symonette a/k/a Michael The Black Man will be making his second announcement about running for President in Broward County, Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm.
“This Press Conference and Concert Rally will be held at Club Cinema at 3251 N. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach, FL. Other announcements will be Joe Kaufman for Congress, Eddie Jules for Broward County Sheriff & others.”
DECAPITATION MURDER CHARGES
BrowardBeat.com identified Symonette as Maurice Woodside. “As a young man, Woodside became a devout follower of murderous cult leader Yahweh ben Yahweh and changed his name to “Mikael Israel.” Woodside was charged with decapitating a man on orders from Yahweh ben Yahweh. BrowardBeat.com wrote, “Yahweh was convicted of murder conspiracy, while Woodside a/k/a Symonette was charged and acquitted in 1992 of murder for Yahweh.”
SOVEREIGN CITIZENS BRIGADE
The other man picured with Jules and Symonette appears to be Anthony Williams. In July, Williams was escorted from a Broward County courtroom for refusing to removing his hat. According to WSVN, Williams claims to be a “sovereign police officer.”
WSVN investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero said, “Anthony Williams was facing traffic charges when he entered the courtroom of Judge Edward Merrigan. He would leave with a much bigger problem. He refused the judge’s order to remove his hat.” Williams told Judge Merrigan he did not have to remove his hat due to religious beliefs. Williams caused similar courtroom problems in May.
In January 2015, Williams was stopped by BSO for driving a Cadillac bearing a “common law enforcement” license plate. When asked for identification, Williams produced a “Private Attorney General” card. Willams told the BSO deputy he did not need a valid driver’s license. He was arrested on traffic charges and resisting arrest without violence.
In May, Williams’ court appearance on the charges was just as wild. According to WSVN:
[Williams] challenged another judge, Melinda Brown, as his case moved through the legal system.
Anthony Williams: “Do you have your oath properly filed in this county?”
Judge Melinda Brown: “That’s for me to know, and you to find out. Anything else?”
Anthony Williams: “I need you to answer that question.”
Judge Brown: “No I don’t.”
Anthony Williams: “OK. Deputy, I need you to arrest this judge for violation.”
Judge Melinda Brown: “OK, we’re all gonna stop laughing now.”
Williams appears to be part of the “sovereign citizens” movement. Followers of this ideology believe common law trumps all other law including laws governing taxes, licenses etc. In 2011, the FBI called the sovereign citizens movement a “growing domestic threat to law enforcement.”
According to the FBI, “They could be dismissed as a nuisance, a loose network of individuals living in the United States who call themselves ‘sovereign citizens’ and believe that federal, state, and local governments operate illegally. Some of their actions, although quirky, are not crimes.” But the FBI report noted the chance of violence is great:
However, a closer look at sovereign citizens’ more severe crimes, from financial scams to impersonating or threatening law enforcement officials, gives reason for concern. If someone challenges (e.g., a standard traffic stop for false license plates) their ideology, the behavior of these sovereign-citizen extremists quickly can escalate to violence. Since 2000, lone-offender sovereign-citizen extremists have killed six law enforcement officers. In 2010, two Arkansas police officers stopped sovereign-citizen extremists Jerry Kane and his 16-year-old son Joseph during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 40. Joseph Kane jumped out of the vehicle and opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle, killing both officers.
TEAM EDISON JULES
Earlier this week, REDBROWARD reported Jules had met 4 times with David L. Rosenthal, a Broward-based conspiracy theorist. On Saturday night, Rosenthal implored local tea party leaders to support Jules, a Democrat, in the 2016 election for sheriff. Jules is running for the Democrat nomination against Broward Sheriff Scott Israel. Rosenthal claimed Jules had the support of former Sheriff Al Lamberti, a Republican. Lamberti’s role was confirmed by Tom Nadler, a former BSO captain working for the Jules campaign.
Rosenthal was not pleased with report. He urged his small group of followers to protest outside REDBROWARD headquarters.
After the WSVN report on Anthony Williams aired, his supporters attacked reported Carmel Cafiero. They published the names of her family and pictures of her home.
Why would Edison Jules surround himself with this cast of characters? Why would any serious candidate for Broward County Sheriff share a stage with these men?