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UNITY? Democrat Officials Share Stage With City Councilman Who Happily Declared “Plantation Will Never Have A Black Mayor” & Tamarac Commissioner Who Attacked Hispanic Colleague

Nick Sortal on the far left!

Elected Democrat officials from across Florida shared the stage with controversial Plantation Councilman Nick Sortal at last night’s “Unity Kickoff” event in Tamarac. The poorly-attended Broward Democrat Party event at the Colony West Country Club featured appearances by Charlie Crist, Val Demings, Nikki Fried and other statewide candidates.

While waiting for a very late arriving Val Demmings, Party Chairman Rick Hoye called Broward elected officials to the stage. Hoye was joined by State Sen. Shevrin Jones, Broward State Attorney Harold Pryor, County Commissioner Steve Geller, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam, Tamarac commissioner Elberg Mike Gelin and Plantation Councilman Nick Sortal.

Nick Sortal in blue.
Elberg Mike Gelin

As REDBROWARD reported in June, elected officials and party leaders were silent after Gelin attacked a Hispanic colleague and Sortal make inappropriate sexual and racial remarks.

On June 9, 2022, REDBROWARD reported how Tamarac Vice Mayor Elberg Mike Gelin directed two bigoted remarks at fellow Commissioner Elvin Villalobos. One week later, REDBROWARD revealed a Human Resources investigation showed Plantation Councilman Nick Sortal made inappropriate sexual and racial remarks to a longtime city employee.

Both men are on the November ballot in races against incumbent female mayors. Both men, and their opponents, are Democrats. As of today, the Sun-Sentinel wrote about the Sortal investigation. Nothing about Gelin’s anti-Hispanic remarks to Villalobos. Nothing else. No angry statements from lawmakers representing Tamarac and Plantation on the State and local levels. No rebukes from Democrat Party leaders or activists.

Mike Gelin is running against Mayor Michelle Gomez. During a Tamarac Commission meeting, Gelin claimed Villalobos thought “Latin American rules” applied in Florida.

“This is America. We have freedom of speech,” Gelin lectured. “That should be explained to the Commissioner who may still think that Latin American rules apply in America. And it doesn’t.”

“Excuse me? Excuse me? What do you mean that it doesn’t apply to Latin America, Vice Mayor?” Villalobos asked.

Later, Gelin stated the City Attorney needed to better educate Commissioners, “Who may not understand how this country is governed.”

While filing his paperwork to run against Plantation Mayor Lynn Stoner, Nick Sortal told a black female deputy clerk that “My dick is hard” for a battle with Stoner. Then, after learning there were no black candidates for Mayor, Sortal said, “Oh good, Plantation will never have a black mayor.”

Even though he admitted to making the comments, Nick Sortal spent a week trying to smear anyone reporting the facts. Despite being a former reporter, Sortal urged his supporters to attack the Sun-Sentinel story by Lisa Huriash. Now, Sortal and his allies want to track down the source of the story even though he made a third admission at last Wednesday’s council meeting.

Inappropriate sexual remarks. Bigoted remarks against Hispanics. Bigoted remarks against Blacks. Smear and pressure campaigns against the media.

Yet, crickets from the legacy media and party leaders.

These two men made bigoted remarks within their City Halls while conducting official business.

Is there no accountability?

Voters in Tamarac and Plantation have noticed.

Are Democrat Party leaders and media types so out of touch with their local constituents that they think it’s ok to ignore this unacceptable behavior from grown men?

Are Democrat leaders and local media so distracted by Governor Ron DeSantis and national politics that they would allow elected officials to spew sexual and racial comments to females and minorities without consequence?

Shame on them.

Screenshots Show Nick Sortal Tried To Hide Late-Night Messages Sent To Plantation Resident

Councilman Nick Sortal tried to hide late-night Facebook messages he sent to a female Plantation resident after she criticized his recent behavior. Fortunately, screenshots of Sortal’s bizarre messages were provided to REDBROWARD. As we reported yesterday, Nick Sortal made a late-night phone to former supporter Susanna Bott after she asked him to quit his campaign for Mayor of Plantation. Sortal told Bott that accusations he made inappropriate sexual and racial remarks to a City of Plantation employee were “untrue.”

Sortal’s denials came just five days AFTER a Plantation City Council meeting where he admitted to making remarks about his penis and his satisfaction that “Plantation will never have a black mayor.”

Late Night With Nick Sortal

In the now “unsent” Facebook message, Sortal claimed, “Their ‘facts’ are twisted and untrue. I am very upset about this. My [wife] was there. Can we please talk and would you hold off on posting until I get a fair chance to talk?”

“Their statements are not true!!” Sortal said.

In a second message, Sortal says his wife would have “slapped me silly right then and there.”

At some point after sending the messages to Bott, Sortal utilized a Facebook Messenger feature that allows a user to “unsend” a message.

Unsent By Nick Sortal

Unprofessional. Unbecoming.

Now, possibly unhinged.

Nick Sortal wants a “fair chance” to speak the truth?

On June 22, 2022, Nick Sortal opened the Plantation City Council meeting with a three minute statement. He had the floor. No interruptions.

During that three minutes, Sortal admitted, for the third time on the record, to making the inappropriate sexual and racial remarks.

Why did he admit to both comments if they were untrue?

He claimed he was being sarcastic when he told a black employee, “Oh good, Plantation will never have a black mayor.” Nick Sortal said it was a tone deaf joke.

How can it be twisted if he admitted to it?

Why is Nick Sortal and his Council ally Denise Horland so desperate to keep the story under wraps?

The kids these days call it “gaslighting.”

Do they think intimidation tactics will keep Plantation residents from learning the truth?

Plantation voters deserve better, right?