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Broward School Board’s “Don’t Say Gay” Political Stunt Fizzles

Broward Democrats and the their usual allies love a good political stunt especially when at the expense of a Republican governor. A few years ago, a “Pink Slip Rick” protest at the Broward School Board headquarters had activists lining the streets of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Local television outlets beamed pictures of teachers and students holding signs bashing then Governor Rick Scott. Local elected officials, candidates and activists fell over themselves trying to get the media to show how much they disliked Republicans.

The political drama unfolding at Tuesday’s school board meeting should have been a repeat of rallies past. Now, the Democrats on the board were set to debate a resolution opposing Governor Ron DeSantis’ signing of parental rights legislation. Designed to keep inappropriate sexual and gender identity topics out of kindergarten, first, second and third grade classrooms, Democrats dubbed the law “don’t say gay” in an attempt to rally their base.

Broward School Chair Laurie Rich Levinson said the proclamation was a sign of “support of gay students, employees and the community.” While several Board members claimed the proclamation was not political, it did state that Governor Ron DeSantis signing of HB 1157 lead to “further “stigmatizing of LGBTQ youth.” Sure it’s hogwash, but that kind of political hogwash should have filled the streets with DeSantis haters and other ne’er do wells.

And when Chairwoman Levinson announced a change in rules because twenty or more citizens signed up to speak, many observers envisioned a long day ahead.

The first five speakers were students from Pompano Beach High School. They supported the proclamation.

Then, six people opposed the proclamation. This group included a Republican running for US Congress and a candidate for the Broward School Board.

Finally, the Broward Democrat machine looked ready to go into high gear.

Another Broward School Board candidate spoke in favor of the proclamation.

Then Broward Teachers Union (BTU) president Anna Fusco addressed the Board. She was followed by perennial whiner Michael Rajner, left-wing Hallandale Beach Commissioner Sabrina Javellana and the president of the Dolphin Democrats.

That was it.

No other elected officials lending their support. No other activists. No members of the African-American community.

A dud.

What happened?

Sure, scheduling will be used as an excuse. But citizens were allowed to call with comments.

Maybe some Democrats saw the issue as old news?

Maybe the Broward Democrat Party’s total disinterest in the Broward School Board is a factor.

But maybe, just maybe, even Broward Democrats sense the prevailing political winds swirling around the Sunshine State.

Why waste a Tuesday afternoon bashing the highly popular Governor DeSantis when he’s going to win anyway?

Chris Nelson opposed the proclamation

Democrat Consultant/School Board Whisperer Barbara Miller Thinks Governor Ron DeSantis Turning Florida Into “Anti-Gay Hellhole,” But Silent When Her Husband Worries Their Grandchildren Won’t Get Into College Unless “Black Or Brown Transgender” From Africa

James Fix Miller Facebook post
Barbara Miller Worried About Governor DeSantis

Longtime Broward Democrat consultant and school board whisperer Barbara Miller thinks Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the “Parental Rights In Education” bill will turn Florida into an “anti-gay hellhole.” Democrats and their media accomplices have dubbed legislation the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. But Barbara Miller was silent when her husband mocked diversity in a transphobic screed on his Facebook page.

Taking a cue from Larry King’s USA Today column of the late 20th Century, James Fox Miller posts lots of stream of consciousness news and notes on his Facebookpage. Earlier this year, Mr. Miller lamented on how tough it is to get accept to a good college these days. Miller wrote:

“I embrace concept of diversity, but sometimes think that my grandchildren need to be black or brown transgender, bulemic Buddhists from Somalia to be able to be admitted to school that five years ago would have been a snap.”

Archie Bunker could not have said it better. But make no mistake, James Fox Miller is no knuckle-dragging conservative. When he’s not mocking eating disorders, Buddhists and LGBTQ kids from Africa, Miller posts vulgar attacks on former President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

While it may seem easy to dismiss the rants of another south Florida senior citizen, the Miller’s play a prominent role in Broward politics. Last month, the Millers hosted the Broward Teachers Union political director at their vacation home in Italy. Barbara Miller is the paid consultant for numerous politicians such as Florida State Representatives Robin Bartleman, Michael Gottlieb and Marie Woodson as well as Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr, Broward School Board Members and Broward judicial candidates.

Do they think white children are getting hurt by black and brown LGBTQ kids getting into college?

Let Them Eat Cake?