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.
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?