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Broward Leaders’ Shameful Pro-Runcie Rally Orchestrated By Dale Holness

A Friday morning rally in support of Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie exposed the local elitist attitude towards students, teachers and the rule of law. The downtown Fort Lauderdale rally appears to be the brainchild of controversial Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness who sent emails using his official County letterhead. Robert Runcie was arrested on Wednesday on a felony charge of lying during an official proceeding.

Bob Swindell, CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance acted as the master of ceremonies.

In an epic moment of tone-deafness, Bob Swindell said colleagues from around the country called him to praise the “articulate and intelligent” Broward students who spoke out following the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas massacre. Swindell said it was all due to Robert Runcie.

City Furniture CEO Keith Koenig praised Runcie for helping the business community.

United Way of Broward County CEO Kathleen Cannon praised Runcie for helping Broward non-profit organizations.

But these leaders were dead silent when politicians and their shills questioned the integrity of Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents, state attorneys and even the average citizens on the grand jury.

These millionaires said nothing while a Dale Holness ally called the matter a “politrick” and urged revenge at the ballot box.

Swindell and Holness did not plan on taking questions while television cameras were rolling. They planned on stenographers dutifully regurgitating their public relations spin.

REDBROWARD spoiled those plans.

We asked if the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, City Furniture and the United Way would tolerate an employee charged with lying to a grand jury. We asked whether the students, parents and teachers of Broward County deserve the lion’s share of the credit for improved graduation rates, improved grades and performance instead of the Superintendent.

These Broward millionaires, business leaders, preachers and politicians grew silent and turned their backs on cameras.

Dead silence.

Shame on them.

Parkland Father Urges Boycott Over City Furniture Mogul’s Support Of Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie

****UPDATE: DUE TO WEATHER, THE RALLY IS RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY JANUARY 28th 4:30pm****

On the day Governor Ron DeSantis removed Broward Sheriff Scott Israel from office, Andrew Pollack took no victory lap. Thrust into the role of reformer after the murder of his daughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Pollack was Scott Israel’s most vocal critic. Yet, just minutes after the Governor announced the move at a Fort Lauderdale press conference, Pollack had a message for Broward reporters–“Tell Runcie I’m coming for him next.”

Pollack is determined to force accountability on everyone in Broward County for the failings which led to the February 2018 massacre in Parkland. While Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie and the Broward School Board top his list, Pollack is focused on the local business establishment supporting Runcie.

Last year, local leaders and business owners urged voters to reject School Board candidates who opposed Runcie. One of those prominent leaders was City Furniture CEO Keith Koenig.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Koenig gave a strong defense of Runcie on Facebook. “Graduation rates are up. A, B, and C school ratings are way up and D and F ratings are way down to only four schools from over 20 in years past. Technology is in more classrooms than ever, thanks to the $800 million bond issue that Runcie personally worked his tail off to get approved,” wrote Keith Koenig, chair of the Broward Workshop, a nonprofit group composed of county business leaders. “Bob [Runcie] is a tireless worker that is dedicated to making Broward County Public Schools better and better. … Our 260,000 Broward County students and parents need a great superintendent and school board, which we have. Please let them do their job.”

If you disagree with Keith Koenig, Andrew Pollack wants you to show up this Saturday between 10am and 12pm at the City Furniture store located at 6701 Hiatus Road In Tamarac.

If you cannot attend Saturday’s rally, Pollack urges you to show your displeasure with Koenig by posting comments on the City Furniture Yelp and Google Review pages.