While Jacquelyn “Jackie” Scott refused to comment on Fort Lauderdale Police finding an opponent’s stolen yard sign at her house, her campaign treasurer defended Scott’s antics on social media. Jodi Tanner responded to critics on the Nextdoor app with a full-throated defense of Scott removing a Mike Lambrechts campaign sign from a Fort Lauderdale home. But when contacted by REDBROWARD, Tanner equivocated.
On Thursday, REDBROWARD reported how Mike Lambrechts and Fort Lauderdale Police used a high-tech device to track the stolen sign to Jackie Scott’s Colee Hammock home. Lambrechts embedded an Apple Air Tag tracking device into his sign. Lambrechts and Scott are running for the District 4 seat on the Fort Lauderdale Commission.
Ms. Scott told Fort Lauderdale Police officers she had permission to remove the sign. Lambrechts had a signed document proving Scott did not have permission.
On Friday, Jodi Tanner parroted Scott’s excuse in a Nextdoor post.
“That sign was taken down with permission of the homeowner,” Tanner wrote. “I was there and heard.” She called the intervention of police a “waste of time.”
But when contacted by REDBROWARD, Jodi Tanner changed her story. She said she never “specifically heard” the homeowner ask for the removal of the sign. Tanner said the homeowner did ask for a Scott campaign sign. When we pointed out that was two different things, Tanner continued to equivocate. “There was no intent of thievery.”
When asked why she changed her story after being so strident and definitive on social media, Tanner said there was no “malice” involved in the removal of the sign.
When told that the homeowner has placed the Lambrechts sign in his yard once again, Tanner she did not know that to be true.
While Scott was not arrested, a police report was filed. The entire incident was captured on police body cameras.