Like most Broward Democrat events, their Saturday morning anti-gun rally in Sunrise featured more politicians and activists than average citizens. The partisan rhetoric was very heated at times, but a few brave elected Democrats did praise Florida Republicans for passing several measures after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre. While the battle cry from most speakers focused on changes in Federal law, not a single Federal officeholder from Broward attended the rally.
Former Republican and NRA darling Charlie Crist also joined the politicians in Sunrise. The attendees included State Sen Shevrin Jones, State Sen Lauren Book, State Sen Rosalind Osgood, State Rep Christine Hunchofsky, State Rep Marie Woodson, State Rep Robin Bartleman, Broward County Commissioner Jared Moskowitz, Broward School Board Member Debra Hixon and Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Ben Sorensen.
It is no surprise that Monday morning visit to Fort Lauderdale by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis triggered yet another negative article from The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The report blasted DeSantis for defending kids returning to school across Florida despite the prevalence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. “Kids need to be in school,” DeSantis said.
While Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature outlawed mask mandates late last year, the Broward School Board voted on Friday to require visitors and vendors to wear face masks. The Sun-Sentinel report includes quotes from Broward parents who sent their children to school on Monday. One parent was Nancy Fry of Coconut Creek.
“‘I sent my kids today, but with KN95 masks,’ said Nancy Fry, whose two children attend Tradewinds Elementary in Coconut Creek. ‘However, drop-off was not nearly as crowded as usual for that time. I’m unsure if it’s people just being off schedule or staying home, but it was noticeable.’”
The Sun-Sentinel uses Fry to signal to readers that parents can still send kids to school wearing masks. Also, Fry’s quote hints that parents may be keeping children out of school due to risks from Omicron.
But Nancy Fry is no mere parent providing anecdotal evidence to the Sun-Sentinel. Fry is a longtime political activist as well as the president of the Broward Young Democrats. Fry is the aide to Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Steve Glassman, a Democrat.
Today’s story is not the first time Nancy Fry appeared in the Sun-Sentinel to push a Democrat Party narrative.
In August 2019 Nancy Fry made two appearances in the pages of the Sun-Sentinel. An August 20, 2019 story about gun laws described Fry as a “volunteer with Moms Demand Action.” Two days later, Fry penned a letter to the editors describing “code red” drills in her son’s school.
An October 18, 2019 report on “gun safety laws” referred to Fry as an “activist with Moms Demand Action.”
In August 2021, the Sun-Sentinel simply described Nancy Fry “of Coconut Creek” in a report on mask mandates in Broward schools. Photographs of Fry and her daughter were featured in the report. One day later, the letters to the editor section once again featured photographs of Fry and her daughter.
Did the Sun-Sentinel simply forget to mention Fry’s activism to its readers?
Did someone at the Sun-Sentinel determine that Nancy Fry’s leadership role in the Broward Democrat Party was not relevant information.
Did the Sun-Sentinel even try to find a “civilian” parent that would toe the anti-DeSantis line?
Nancy Fry is very big on mask mandates imposed on the regular people of Broward. But when it comes to Democrat leaders, Fry appears to be part of the masks-optional crowd.
On December 5, 2021, Nancy Fry posed maskless with elected Democrat officials like Nikki Fried and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at the Leadership Blue conference in Orlando.
On December 8, 2021, Nancy Fry appeared maskless with elected Democrat leaders such as her boss Steve Glassman at the Dolphin Democrats Christmas party at The Dalmar in Fort Lauderdale.
On December 12, 2021, Nancy Fry and her two children appeared maskless at a Moms Demand Action event at a local park.
The next day, Nancy Fry went maskless at the Broward Young Democrats holiday party in Oakland Park.
Sure, the BYD invite stated a vaccination card or negative test was required to attend the party. But in an abundance of caution in the middle of the Omicron surge, shouldn’t these Democrats lead by example by wearing a mask?
Perhaps the Sun-Sentinel should talk to some real Broward County parents instead of political operatives and narrative pushers, no?