Just in time for Halloween, Fort Lauderdale voters received mailers targeting the legal woes of City Commission candidates. Two mailers referenced three of the candidates for the District 4 seat currently occupied by Ben Sorensen. A mail piece from the “Voter Information Network” details run-ins with police by Jackie Scott and Kevin Cochrane.
Dubbed, “Fort Lauderdale Can’t Afford To Double Down,” the mailer recounts Jackie Scott’s run-in with Fort Lauderdale Police over a stolen campaign sign. In August, REDBROWARD broke the story how a high-tech tracking device helped Fort Lauderdale Police locate a stolen campaign sign on Wednesday. After numerous signs went missing, Fort Lauderdale Commission candidate Mike Lambrechts embedded Apple Air Tag devices in a batch of yard signs. When one went missing this week, the Air Tag lead police to the Colee Hammock home of Lambrechts’ opponent Jacquelyn “Jackie” Scott.
Lambrechts’ yard sign was located inside Scott’s green vehicle.
Ms. Scott told Fort Lauderdale Police officers she had permission to remove the sign. Lambrechts had a signed affidavit proving Scott did not have permission.
Even though the story made international headlines, Jackie Scott refused to drop out of the race.
The same mailer recounts the arrest of candidate Kevin Cochrane on drunk driving/DUI charges. Cochrane was arrested in California fifteen years ago on DUI charges. The mail piece claims Cochrane was driving more than 100mph with a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit.
According to court records, Cochrane plead guilty to two DUI charges and received a sentence of three years probation.
While the DUI case was from 2007, the mailer features a recent photograph of Cochrane chugging a beer while wearing his campaign t-shirt.
Before the notoriously thin-skinned Team Cochrane starts whining about being a victim, take note of a mailer attacking District 4 candidate Warren Sturman.
The mail piece was produced by the Kevin Cochrane campaign.
Cochrane claims Sturman lied when he denied being a party to any court cases in a Sun-Sentinel interview. According to the mailer, Sturman was a party to seven court cases.
Perhaps Sturman, a Fort Lauderdale cardiologist, is too busy to remember court cases? Some political insiders believe Sturman’s medical practice would keep him from devoting time to the commission.
Fort Lauderdale voters will have the final say next month.