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Broward Judicial Candidate Tania Williams Using Campaign Treasurer Wrapped Up In Miami-Dade “Ghost“ Candidate Investigation

Why did Tania Williams hire Jose Riesco?

The campaign treasurer for Broward County Circuit Court candidate Tania Williams is the same man mentioned in the Miami-Dade “ghost” candidate investigation, records show. In records filed in March 2022 with the Florida Division of Elections, Williams listed Jose Riesco of Coral Gables as her campaign treasurer. An odd choice for a longtime Palm Beach county resident who, until recently, trained lawyers for Broward State Attorney Harold Pryor.

Jose Riesco was named in numerous published reports detailing investigations into no-party “ghost” candidates in Miami-Dade elections. In March 2021, former State Senator Frank Artiles was arrested for his role in funding the campaigns of ghost candidates.

According to the Miami Herald, Artiles was charged with felonies related to “offering Alexis ‘Alex’ Rodriguez $50,000 to run as an independent in Miami-Dade’s Senate District 37 race. The goal, investigators say, was to ‘confuse voters and influence the outcome’ of the race to represent Senate District 37, a large swath that includes downtown Miami, Coral Gables and Pinecrest.”

In 2020, the Herald first reported how Artiles had recruited and boasted about planting Rodriguez in the race.

In June 2021, the Herald published emails showing Jose Riesco’s involvement in Artiles scheme. “In one of the email chains released by state prosecutors, Jones is looped in on a June 16 message with a PDF attachment labeled: ‘Wire Transfer Instructions.’ On that day, records show Data Targeting arranged a wire transfer of $100,000 to a nonprofit called Florida Stronger Inc. The organization’s officers include De Varona, who notarized Rodriguez’s campaign paperwork, and Jose Riesco, who served as the no-party candidate’s campaign treasurer.”

According to Frank Artiles’ arrest affidavit, Jose Riesco signed the check for the ghost candidate’s qualifying fee.

Tania Williams calls herself a “skilled advocate.” So how did she end up with a campaign treasurer involved in such shady business?

Did someone recommend Jose Riesco?

Does Tania Williams know how to use Google?

Don’t Broward residents deserve Judges who do not hire shady Miami-Dade campaign operatives?

Frank Artiles arrest affidavit mentions Tania Williams’ campaign treasurer

FL State Rep. Anika Omphroy Reserved 50 COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments For Lauderhill Mayor & City Commissioners

“If this isn’t public corruption, I don’t know what is.” Nikki Fried

While Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried and Senate Democrat Leader Gary Farmer scream for an investigation into whether Florida Governor Ron DeSantis allowed certain communities to receive COVID-19 vaccinations for political reasons, e-mails show their fellow Broward Democrats were allowing politicians to personally pick vaccination recipients. In a January 28, 2021 e-mail obtained by REDBROWARD, a City of Lauderhill clerk told Mayor Ken Thurston about a vaccination event hosted by Florida State Representative Anika Omphroy (D-95). Thurston and Commissioners Denise Grant, Melissa Dunn, Sarai “Ray” Martin and Lawrence “Jabbow” Martin were told they could reserve spots for ten people each at the January 31, 2021 vaccination event.

Mayor Thurston and the Lauderhill Commissioners were told:

“I was advised that each [sic] of the Commission can send 10 people each who are 65 and older to get vaccinated this Sunday. These people do not have to be residents of the City of Lauderhill. Please provide a list of their names, contact numbers and date of births [sic] that will be forwarded to Representative Omphroy.”

A February Facebook post by Representative Omphroy confirms the vaccination event was held at the First Baptist Chruch Piney Grove in Lauderdale Lakes. Omphroy wrote, “This collaboration was full of care and all about community service. Being able to partner with Paster Hughes and FL Department of Emergency Managment to help serve Floridians specifically our 65+ seniors made my heart full.” Representative Omphroy stated more than 430 residents were vaccinated at this event.

Representative Anika Omphroy specifically thanked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida National Guard. But she also thanked the Florida Democratic Party.

Does Nikki Fried want the FBI to investigate the FLDEMS?

Omphroy specifically thanked City of Lauderdale Lakes Mayor Hazelle Rogers. Does Senator Gary Farmer want the FBI to investigate whether fellow Broward Democrat Hazelle Rogers and the other Broward Democrats on the Lauderdale Lakes Commission picked friends to get vaccinated?

What about the other Broward Democrat controlled cities in Omphroy’s district?

Did other Democrat State Representatives from Broward host similar vaccination events? Did they allow local Democrats to reserve vaccinations for friends?

Did Senator Farmer host an event?

REDBROWARD asked Representative Omphroy, Mayor Ken Thurston and the Lauderhill Commissioners for comment.

As of publication, there has been no response