During the March 23, 2022 City of Tamarac Commission meeting, Marlon Bolton (D-Clown) called Mayor Michelle Gomez a “monster.” Why was Gomez a “monster?” She dared to question the propriety of a developer promising a $500,000 donation to homeless initiatives as part of a negotiation for a proposed development. Bolton was unable to spot the enormous ethical red flag raised by such a proposal.
When Commissioner Elvin Villalobos brought up Bolton’s name calling at the April 13th meeting, Bolton decided to apologize for his “monster” remark. He admitted that it was not a “nice” thing to do. Bolton even hoped Tamarac Talk and other online news sites would feature his apology.
Did Marlon Bolton see the light? Would he finally stop the attacks on women (especially Jewish women) in the City of Tamarac?
Ten days later, The Tamarac Post, a fake news website tied to Marlon Bolton, ran a story about the $500,000 homeless donation. The propaganda piece by phantom author “Maria Colson” lavished praise on Bolton while repeating his unverified claims of once being homeless for a few days.
The Tamarac Post went on to attack Mayor Gomez for opposing the idea of forcing developers to make donations to charities as part of an approval process.
Today, The Tamarac Post ran another screed from Marlon Bolton under the “Maria Colson” byline. On Friday, Bolton used social media to launch an attack on “Journalists” who cover the shenanigans at Tamarac City Hall. The Tamarac Post claims Bolton emailed his social media attack to city residents.
During Thursday’s meeting, Bolton and co-hort Elberg Mike Gelin attacked the Sun-Sentinel and the Broward Office of the Inspector General as well.
Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton mocked the wife of Vice-Mayor Elvin Villalobos during a heated confrontation following a Wednesday morning commission meeting, as first reported by Tamarac Talk. Bolton and Villalobos had to be separated after Bolton attempted to join a private conversation. “I said to Bolton, ‘Bye, baldy,’ urging him to leave the conversation. Bolton replied, ‘Excuse me? What did you just call me?’ So I repeated it, and he just went off,” Villalobos told Tamarac Talk.
The thin-skinned Bolton made unfounded accusations about Villalobos’ marriage and sex life. Then, Bolton proceeded to body shame Villalobos’ wife.
Villalobos was understandably upset with Bolton’s attack on the mother of his children. On Wednesday, a source told REDBROWARD that Broward Sheriff’s Deputies were need to keep the argument from getting physical. But Villalobos told Tamarac Talk that City Attorney John Herin separated the two.
In addition to the personal slurs, Villalobos said Marlon Bolton threatened to smear him in the fake news “Tamarac Post” website.
“I told him to do whatever he wanted with his fake posts,” said Villalobos, adding that the verbal altercation went on in the commission offices.
Bolton has a well-documented history of attacking female opponents and body shaming women.
Last August, REDBROWARD exposed how Marlon Bolton, the Praise Experience Worldwide Outreach church pastor, fat-shamed women in a vulgar video of a beloved Christmas carol from December 2009.
In the Christmas carol, Bolton displayed photographs of female models as well as a plus sized singer. Bolton added new lyrics to the holiday classic, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”
Bolton’s lyrics have nothing to do with Christmas. Instead, the lyrics mock serious eating disorders
Starve yourself, this very next Christmas.
Let your weight be light,
From now on your dress size, will be smaller than mine…
Starve yourself, and have a thinner, little Christmas time.
Another video features Bolton video recording a topless male model. Bolton does not mock the male model.
Marlon Bolton has repeatedly attacked Tamarac Mayor Michelle Gomez in emailed newsletters and from the dais. But the most vicious attacks were made in the fake news Tamarac Post website.
FAKE NEWS TAMARAC POST
Last November, REDBROWARD exposed the vicious anti-semitism used in a Tamarac Post article attacking Mayor Michelle Gomez.
The November 7, 2021 story in the “Tamarac Post” claims “Tamarac Mayor Michelle Gomez Under Heat For Receiving PPP Money.”
The story is the fifth Tamarac Post smear against Gomez since August 2021. All five stories were allegedly written by “Maria Colson.”
In the November 7th story, “Colson” raises an issue with COVID-19 relief loans (PPP) obtained by a law firm owned by Michelle Gomez. The disturbing screed claims the Tamarac Post “visited” Gomez’s office and spoke with an employee. “Colson” uses anonymous sources “close to” the mayor to deliver libelous claims about her business practices, income and state of her business.
Then, “Colson” randomly attacks a Tamarac resident by name because she is a defender of Gomez. The story fails to point out that Tamarac resident Dr. Darcy Schiller is a well-known and vocal critic of Commissioner Marlon Bolton.
An image accompanying the Tamarac Post story features Michelle Gomez dressed as vampire in a coffin with two other vampires. The vampires are drinking from glasses filled with blood.
Imagery depicting Jews as vampires or other blood sucking creatures are common in anti-Semitic attacks. Why did the Tamarac Post choose to depict Michelle Gomez as a vampire?
Earlier this year, REDBROWARD exposed the existence of a 2020 bombshell investigation commissioned by the City of Tamarac Human Resources Department which revealed a pattern of “bullying” of City employees by Commissioner Marlon Bolton. The report documented several instances of Bolton attacking political opponents by using their race, ethnicity and religion. During a public discussion of the report, Bolton lashed out at his perceived enemies, calling the investigation a “witch hunt.” Bolton said, “it was ‘patent public corruption and misuse of taxpayer funds for Mayor [Michelle] Gomez to have instigated this bogus investigation for the sole purpose of advancing her own political agenda.’”
Testimony from two longtime city firefighters described Marlon Bolton’s behavior while campaigning for Elvin Villalobos in 2018. Marlon Bolton served as Villalobos’ campaign treasurer when Villalobos ran against Michelle Gomez.
Captain William Duesler told investigators about Bolton’s behavior during early voting at the Tamarac library. Duesler said Bolton told a voter Gomez was a “White Jew–Don’t vote for her.” Another complaint heard Marlon Bolton tell a voter, “Gomez can’t even speak Spanish…and that she is a White Jew.”
In her interview for the investigation, Mayor Michelle Gomez described her encounter with Marlon Bolton at early voting. Gomez heard Bolton tell voters, “You can’t vote for her; She is a Jewish White woman who can’t speak a lick of Spanish.” Gomez told Bolton, “Yes I am Jewish.”
Marlon Bolton told investigators he was simply trying to provide information to voters.
“[Bolton] advised resident “our beloved Mayor is a White Jewish individual and only claims to be Hispanic because she spent two years in a Hispanic household,” the report states.
Bolton told investigators he “viewed his actions as a mediator versus an agitator insisting that Ms. Gomez tell people that she is a White Jewish female.”
On August 31, 2021, REDBROWARD revealed how Tamarac Post reporter Maria Colson is not a Tamarac resident.
According to her social media accounts, Maria Colson is a twentysomething woman living in Sidcup, England. According to her LinkedIn page, Colson works for TJ MAXX and a public policy firm. Both jobs are located in England, NOT Tamarac.
Colson’s Tamarac Post bio gives a vanity website, mariacolson.com, which appears to be a dead link. Links to her Facebook and Twitter accounts are also provided.
According to her Twitter account, Maria Colson is deeply interested in British animal rights causes and climate change initiatives. She makes no mention of Tamarac, or Broward, or Florida or even the U.S.A.
REDBROWARD attempted to contact Maria Colson via her Facebook page.
She never responded to questions about her reporting.
Also in August, REDBROWARD reported a link provided by the Tamarac Post revealed “MBOLTON” and not “Maria Colson,” authored recent stories attacking Michelle Gomez and other City of Tamarac politicians. Many Broward political insiders believe “MBOLTON” likely refers to Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton.
Since it first went online, the Tamarac Post repeatedly posted stories praising Marlon Bolton and his Commission co-hort Elberg Mike Gelin. In March 2021, REDBROWARD revealed Marlon Bolton’s deep ties to “The Tamarac Post,” which is owned and operated by close Bolton ally Anthony Bonamy.
The City Of North Lauderdale fired Anthony Bonamy from his position as deputy clerk after REDBROWARD revealed his role in the website. Bonamy was quickly hired as an aide to Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness.
When REDBROWARD spoke to Bonamy in March, he said his wife, Violene Vil, would assume control of the day-to-day operations of the Tamarac Post.
Now, Tamarac Vice Mayor Elvin Villalobos is on the record stating Marlon Bolton threatened to post negative articles in the Tamarac Post.
Who is paying to operate the Tamarac Post? Does Marlon Bolton have to disclose any ties to the Tamarac Post since it aids his political career and campaigns?
How long will Marlon Bolton be allowed to act with impunity while flouting campaign rules and regulations?