Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick Admits Father Called Opponent On Telephone Belonging To Employee

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick admits her father called one of her Democratic opponents on a telephone belonging to her medical services company. Yesterday, REDBROWARD revealed Emmanuel Morel told Sun-Sentinel editors and reports about a phone call he received from Cherfilus-McCormick’s father, Gabriel Smith. A third candidate, Elvin Dowling provided details of the exchange which occurred during a Sun-Sentinel interview of Democratic candidates for U.S. Congress CD 20.

According to Dowling, “Emanuel Morel informed us all that he received a call on Sunday evening from someone identifying themselves as the father of Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick. He said that the person threatened him against running against his daughter (over the course of two separate phone calls that were apparently witnessed by members of Mr. Morel’s campaign staff). Mr. Morel stated that he felt his life was threatened and that he has contacted the FBI who is investigating the calls as we speak.” When asked by a reporter about the call, Cherfilus-McCormick denied any knowledge of any phone calls to Morel.

When Morel produced a telephone number, Cherfilus-McCormick said the number looked familiar. According to Dowling, “At first she stated she did not and then stated that she has a lot of numbers connected to her campaign that were similar in nomenclature and it could be one of hers but she was not sure.”

On Thursday, Emmanuel Morel appeared on the Race And The Races webcast hosted by Narnike Grant and Sandra Cherfrere. Just minutes into the show, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick joined the show. She said she was “at a wedding” but wanted to respond to Morel.

Cherfilus-Mccormick said, “No one at my campaign has contacted or spoke to [Morel].”

She said, “The number you put out is actually another employee’s number…she’s been getting threats and had to cancel her line.”

Cherfilus-McCormick said she discussed the matter with her parents. “No one threatened you. And because of that, we are pursuing legal, um, against you for slander and for going on every show and talking.”

Then, Cherfilus-McCormick attacked Elvin Dowling for tipping off REDBROWARD about the matter. “Elvin Dowling called some kind of Republican blogger who insert themselves into a Democratic primary is disgusting,” she said.

Under questioning, Cherfilus-McCormick told Narnike Grant that her parents did speak with Morel. She said Morel was discussed at a weekend meeting between her parents and Haitian ministers. According to Cherfilus-McCormick, someone at that meeting said, “someone should talk to Morel.”

When Cherfilus-McCormick insisted no one from her “campaign” called Morel, host Sandra Cherfrere asked if the phone belonged to a Trinity Health employee. Cherfilus-McCormick stated the phone was assigned to “nurses or staff” and the Caller ID would appear as “Trinity.”

She admitted the call came from that number.

The Sun-Sentinel interview occurred Wednesday afternoon. Elvin Dowling contacted REDBROWARD at 5:48PM on Wednesday. REDBROWARD called the Trinity cell phone at 7:10PM. A telephone company recording stated the number was no longer in service. The REDBROWARD story was published minutes later.

How could the Trinity employee receive “threats” if the number was already out of service before the world knew the number?

Why were Cherfilus-McCormick’s parents calling another candidate in the first place?

While they may not be campaign employees, Cherfilus-McCormick’s father and mother wore campaign shirts at a candidate debate on Friday evening at the University of Fort Lauderdale.

Watch for yourselves:

Democrat Candidate Lauren Linville Denies Hiding Her Work History At The Geo Group From Coconut Creek Voters

Like any politician, Lauren Linville is not shy when it comes to sharing her resume. Linville, a Democrat candidate for Coconut Creek Commission, regularly mentions her work with a local women’s club, her own crisis management company and even her service in the United States Coast Guard. Despite having a degree in criminal justice from Youngstown State University, Linville never mentions working for one of the largest private prison companies in the world.

Based in Boca Raton, The GEO Group “provides complementary, turnkey solutions for numerous government partners worldwide across a spectrum of diversified correctional and community reentry services.” GEO claims to operate 123 facilities all over the world with 23,000 employees. Closer to home, The GEO Group operates the “Broward Transitional Center” in Deerfield Beach for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE).

The GEO Group faced protests from progressive groups opposed to their treatment of teenaged immigrants at the Broward facility. In 2019, protesters were arrested at the company’s headquarters in Boca Raton. The Sun-Sentinel reported, “[P]rotesters did not align with one particular organization but were known affiliates of groups such as Food Not Bombs Fort Lauderdale, Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward, Florida Immigrant Coalition and Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee.”

Last week, REDBROWARD revealed Lauren Linville made disparaging remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM).

“I’m so sick of all these ‘movements’…Black Lives Matter, ISIS, Radical Islam, LGBT Hate groups…. They’ve done nothing but disappoint, hate, kill and create pain for others,” Linville said.

After a backlash from prominent Democrats, including local BLM leader Jasmine Rogers, Linville played the victim in a tepid apology posted on Facebook.

Linville blamed military weight restrictions, postpartum depression and terrorist attacks for her comments equating BLM with ISIS and radical Islam.

Is Lauren Linville trying to keep Coconut Creek voters in the dark about her job at The GEO Group?

DEEP TIES TO GEO GROUP KEPT OFF CANDIDATE’S RESUME

According to online databases, from 2011 to 2015 Lauren Linville held numerous positions at The GEO Group. The positions included executive assistant, contracts administrator, research analyst for the business development department and a promotion to project management in the business development department. Linville even authored articles for the company’s GEO World magazine. Last year, Linville started a website promoting local businesses with another GEO Group alum.

While Linville boasts about the “Gather Later” website she created with Robin Verse, her jobs at The GEO Group are never mentioned.

No GEO Group work history appears on Linville’s LinkedIn profile. She lists her work at Optimum Consulting, service in the U.S. Coast Guard reserve and a one year position at Youngstown State University in the veterans affairs department.

When she applied for a seat on a Coconut Creek board, Linville submitted a paper copy of her resume. It lists Optimum Consulting and the U.S. Coast Guard. Nothing about The GEO Group.

REDBROWARD contacted Lauren Linville about her work at The GEO Group. In a reply via text message, Linville wrote, “Yes, it was my first job out of college, but I was recalled to active service for the majority of my time (three years to be exact) with Geo Group. I subsequently left shortly after returning home from Active Duty.”

Linville did not respond to questions about her job duties, promotions or her work with Robin Verse.

When asked why GEO Group does not appear on her resume, Linville wrote, “I don’t put it on my resume any longer because it was such a long time ago and is generally not relevant to work I’m seeking currently. As recently as 2-3 years ago I still had it on my resume.”

But when asked why an even older job is listed on her LinkedIn page, Linville replied, “[Youngstown State University] is where I went to school and worked as a VA rep, and I believe there is a recommendation from my supervisor I wanted to keep.”

Finally, REDBROWARD asked Linville if she wanted to keep her work at The GEO Group a secret from Coconut Creek voters.

Lauren Linville said, “No.”

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Fort Lauderdale Mayoral Candidate Kenneth Cooper Switches Political Parties (AGAIN)

Photo from July 2020 Republican candidate meeting in Fort Lauderdale. Kenneth Cooper, standing, with Americans For Trump (AFT) leader Scott Newmark, to his his left, and former Broward Republican Party Chairman Robert Sutton to his right.

A politician switching parties to win an election is the very first lesson in the Broward political playbook. Plenty of South Florida Democrats won their elections after spending years as loyal Republicans (see Stark,Rick). But when it comes to switching parties, Fort Lauderdale Mayoral candidate Kenneth Cooper is the all-time champ.

Three years ago, REDBROWARD revealed how Commissioner Bruce Roberts left the Republican Party when he ran for mayor against Dean Trantalis a longtime Democrat. Roberts’ move failed to impress Democrat voters and fellow Republicans felt snubbed over the blatant political maneuver.

Now, Kenneth Cooper is the sole challenger of Mayor Dean Trantalis.

Cooper used to be a Democrat.

In 1992, Kenneth Cooper ran against Congressman Alcee Hastings in the Democrat primary. Cooper lost.

In 1996, Democrat Kenneth Cooper was badly beaten by Congressman E. Clay Shaw, a Republican Party stalwart.

In 1998, Democrat Kenneth Cooper lost another race, this time a FL State House race to Democrat Tim Ryan.

After his third drubbing as a Democrat, Kenneth Cooper joined the Republican Party.

In 2003, Republican Kenneth Cooper ran in a special election for a Florida State House seat. Cooper told the Sun-Sentinel, he was “the most moderate Republican in the group” of candidates in the race. Cooper lost to Ellyn Bogdanoff.

If voters checked open sourced voter information, Kenneth Cooper is a member of the Republican Party.

But, according to State of Florida voter registration records, Kenneth Cooper is back to being a Democrat.

A Fort Lauderdale political operative tells REDBROWARD the Cooper campaign expenditure likely covers use of the NGP VAN system. According to POLITICO:

Nearly every Democratic campaign across the U.S. uses NGP VAN in some fashion, though critics say that’s due in some part to the fact that the DNC and state Democratic parties force candidates do so as part of the package of receiving party support. The arrangement leaves it up to the Democratic Party to decide which campaigns get access to the software, giving it an enormous gatekeeping power….”

The Fort Lauderdale operative told us only Democrats can use NGP VAN.

Did Kenneth Cooper really switch parties over a voter information database?

Did Kenneth Cooper could pull the Charlie Crist “The Party Left Me” excuse. Perhaps Kenneth Cooper is no fan of President Trump.

A representative for the campaign told REDBROWARD Cooper switched parties online a few months ago. Cooper could not remember the exact date.

Yet, in July, Kenneth Cooper attended two events with local Republican leaders including the head of the Americans For Trump (AFT) organization in Broward. Cooper even attended a socially-distanced AFT dinner at the Signature Grand in Davie.

Will Democrats welcome Cooper back with open arms after attending paid Trump club events? Will Trump supporters vote for someone who abandoned the party right before a big election?

Fort Lauderdale will find out this November.

From Kenneth Cooper campaign treasurer’s report