Another Facebook Photo Flub For Sarahnell Murphy Campaign

Like many Broward residents, Sarahnell Murphy took to Facebook to thank first responders for their hard work as Hurricane Dorian approached South Florida. While we were spared the wrath of the storm, it’s commonplace to thank those in harm’s way. But Sarah Murphy is no ordinary resident. She wants to be the next Broward State Attorney.

And Murphy has a history of posting photo flubs on Facebook.

On Friday, the official Sarahnell Murphy campaign posted the following picture:

Just a simple “thank you” to first responders and linemen on a photograph of a south Florida beach, right?

If you look closely, you can see there is a sign on the building on the pier.

It reads “Flagler Beach.” Where is Flagler Beach?

Flagler Beach is about 257 miles north of Broward county.

Did the Murphy campaign use a stock photo of a Florida beach without recognizing the landmarks? Did they lift an actual “thank you” post intended for Flagler Beach first responders?

Did the Murphy campaign run this post by her big supporter Judy Stern?

Back in July, REDBROWARD exposed the Sarahnell Murphy campaign’s attempt to hide pictures of supporters like lobbyist Judy Stern and former Broward Health Chairman David DiPietro.

On July 11th, Murphy’s husband, Richard Merlino posted nearly forty photographs taken at a her fundraiser in Fort Lauderdale. Once again, it was the standard campaign Facebook post: smiling supporters enjoying drinks and conversation at Timpano restaurant on Las Olas. Just one big problem. Several photographs featured lobbyist Judy Stern.

Perhaps the naive Richard Merlino did not realize the political baggage Judy Stern can bring to a political campaign. Days earlier, Merlino posted a thank you message to Sarahnell Murphy’s campaign team which included Judy Stern.

When REDBROWARD shared Merlino’s photograph of Judy Stern chatting with David Di Pietro at Murphy’s event. Minutes later, the photograph was removed from Merlino’s original post.

According to Facebook, Richard Merlino deleted 35 photographs from his Murphy campaign post. All photographs of Stern and Di Pietro vanished. He also removed numerous tags he made of friends and supporters. The Judy Stern thank you message has disappeared as well.

Will Democrat voters support a candidate who cannot make error-free social media posts?


Brenda Snipes’ Lawyer On Election Day: “Humanity Is On The Ballot!!!”

On Election Day 2018, Brenda Snipes’ lawyer told her Facebook followers that “Humanity is on the ballot!!!” As REDBROWARD reported last week, Snipes’ attorney Burnadette Norris Weeks has been invisible during the post-election recount mess. While Norris Weeks works behind the scenes and gives comment to print media, Eugene Pettis has been the public face of Snipes’ office.

Plenty of political insiders wondered why Norris Weeks was out of sight during while Snipes’ election office is under siege. Perhaps Norris Weeks’ blatant support of Democrat gubernatorial candidate plays a role?

In an Election Day November 6, 2018 Facebook post Norris Weeks wrote “Humanity is on the ballot!!!”

Days earlier, Norris Weeks lauded controversial Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness for his hard work on behalf of Andrew Gillum.

Norris Weeks posted a picture of her and Andrew Gillum with the caption “praying for change.”

In October, Norris Weeks posted a picture from a 2012 “Souls To The Polls” event she co-hosted with Congressman Alcee Hastings(D-Impeached).

Over the last five years, REDBROWARD has documented the close ties between Dale Holness, Alcee Hastings and Burnadette Norris Weeks.

In other posts Norris Weeks said President Donald Trump was a pathological liar.

During debates, Norris Weeks said there was a “clear choice” between The gubernatorial candidates.” She wrote “Andrew is kicking his axx!”

Despite all the claims that Brenda Snipes’ office is “non-partisan” and ” not political” it’s clear her longtime attorney has a favorite in the race to be Florida’s next Governor.

Should a lawyer who is “praying” for the election of particular candidate be allowed near the recount? Especially when she stated “Humanity” depended on a certain outcome?

Can Snipes be trusted to be fair and impartial?

Plantation Mayoral Candidate Bart Berger Is “Outraged” At Politicians Except His Consultant Who Was Jailed For Misusing Campaign Funds

In a Facebook video posted Wednesday morning, Plantation Mayoral candidate Bart Berger took a swipe at his opponents, equating them as “blood sucking insects.” Berger said “outrage” over spending taxpayer money on lawyers and consultants drove him to run for mayor. Claiming to be a simple businessman, Berger said a vote for him will defeat, “the entitled few who are out of touch with their responsibility to out city.”

Sound good?

Just one problem. The guy running Bart Berger’s campaign is one of Broward County’s most notorious insiders.

At a July 31, 2018 Mayor forum at Deicke Auditorium, REDBROWARD spoke with former Broward County Commissioner Scott Cowan. Known for running Plantation political campaigns, Cowan confirmed he was advising Bart Berger and Council candidate Richard Cabrera. During the forum, Berger campaign volunteers huddled around Cowan.

In November 2000, Scott Cowan pleaded guilty to six counts of misspending funds from his 1998 campaign. According to the South Florida Business Journal, “Cowan was fined $74,711 in May by the Florida Elections Commission for the same re-election campaign. It was one of the largest fines imposed by the commission.”

In 2000, the Sun-Sentinel shared the tidbits from a 4,000 page document detailing Cowan’s misuse of funds. According to reporter Buddy Nevins, Cowan spent campaign money on filing cabinets for his home, a new water pump for his car and other personal items. Prosecutors said Cowan created fictitious campaign workers who were paid by checks that Cowan cashed at local banks.

[Cowan] pleaded guilty to three counts that he wrote $5,000 in campaign checks to Seymour Tobin, Bertram Nesky, John Hendrikson and Martin Harvatt — nonexistent campaign workers.”

Nevins reported Cowan paid nearly $8,000 to his daughters for campaign work, spent over $7,000 on furniture and accepted a $25,000 contribution after he had been re-elected. “Cowan explained he didn’t know he was violating election laws,” Nevins wrote.

Cowan was sentenced to six months in prison. While on work-release, a Broward Judge refused to allow Cowan to work as a lobbyist. Instead, Cowan worked at a local pizza restaurant. Cowan would end up spending 125 days in jail for his crimes.

According to Nevins, the documents portrayed “Cowan as using his 1998 re-election campaign to treat himself to freebies and enrich a tight circle of his family and friends.”

Some Plantation residents may say this sounds like the very definition of “entitled.”

In his campaign video, Bart Berger laments the use of lobbyists in attempts to keep Plantation General Hospital from moving to Davie.

Does Bart Berger know his campaign advisor is still a lobbyist. Last week, Scott Cowan was lobbying Hollywood Commissioners on behalf of his client. In Hallandale Beach, Commissioner Anabelle Taub has complained about Scott Cowan’s ties to controversial Mayor Keith London and his lobbyist ally Evan Ross.

Cowan told REDBROWARD he was a friend of London and Ross.

On January 23, 2018, the Good Government political committee paid Scott Cowan $3,000 for consulting. Hallandale Beach records indicate Cowan is the registered lobbyist for Gold Coast Companies. As REDBROWARD previously reported, Good Government committee is operated by Evan Ross.

Does Bart Berger want to turn Plantation into Hallandale Beach?

UPDATE: In a response to our story, Bart Berger said, “I do not condone what Mr. Cowen did almost two decades ago. Mr. Cowen is not on the ballot.

Mr Cowan is not responsible for my campaign, I am.

Mr Cowan is not a candidate for Mayor, I am.

Mr Cowan will have no more input with me as Mayor than he had with

Mayor Bendekovic whose 2 mayoral campaigns he was similarly involved. This is not an issue and I believe I have answered your question.

Thank you”