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Broward Endorsement Card From Beyond The Grave?!?


The latest shady blue endorsement card in Broward may be from beyond the grave! The blue “Friends of Broward” card claims to be printed by a “concerned citizen” at 1900 NW 22nd Court in Pompano Beach. Just one problem, it appears that address is the Westview Community Cemetery.

One famous “resident” of Westview is the late actress Esther Rolle. She played “Florida Evans” on TV’s Maude and Good Times in the late 1970s. Is Florida sending voters a message from the great beyond?!?

Dan Lewis Endorses His Client AND His Personal Attorney In Same Race On “Fake” Blue Card

In his latest “blue card” mailer, Democrat consultant Dan Lewis endorsed a paying client and his own personal attorney in a Broward County Court race. Released over the weekend, the card endorsed both Samuel Lopez and Kim Mollica in the Group 14 judicial race. Local Democrats were quick to label Lewis’ card as a “fake” and a “fraud.” Some singled out Mollica, a Republican, for appearing on a Democrat endorsement card.

According to Broward Supervisor of elections records, Mollica paid nearly $48,000 to Dan Lewis’ JNAC Communications & Management, LLC. This included a $45, 331.83 payment on July 26 for “postage and brochure.” In defending his latest campaign ploy, Lewis was quick to say no candidate paid to appear on the card.

“Nobody can buy their way onto The Blue Card. I’m paid to do what I do.  The Blue Card isn’t part of that and it is not for sale,” Lewis said. “You can’t hire me to get on The Blue Card.”

LOPEZ IS LEWIS’ ATTORNEY IN LEGAL DISPUTE WITH BUILDER

A prominent Mollica supporter told REDBROWARD he was surprised to see Lewis’ co-endorsement of Samuel Lopez.

Did Mollica know Samuel Lopez represents Dan Lewis and his wife in an ongoing legal battle in Broward County courts? Supervisor of Elections records show Lopez has spent just $10,000 in his campaign. There are no payments to Lewis or his companies.

Perhaps Lewis was aware this issue would come back to sting him. Lewis told the Miami Herald, “People hire me for specific purposes.” Lewis said, “Just because I sell data or sell some advisory things to campaigns doesn’t exclude me from offering or doing what I think.”

Sorry Kim, you paid Dan Lewis for consulting, postage and brochures. Obviously that did not include his loyalty.

TV Commercial Hits Broward Commissioner Dale Holness On Phony Residency Claims

A clever new commercial from State Senator Chris Smith hits controversial Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness on his phony residency claims. Both men are seeking the District 9 seat on the Broward County Commission. Three years ago, this reporter exposed Holness’ false claims to reside in the district he represents. The evidence showed Holness lived outside the district he represents, though Article II, Section 2.01 A(3) of the Broward County Charter clearly states each commissioner “must be a resident of the particular district upon election.”

Holness claimed he lived in a run-down Lauderhill townhouse near the Florida Turnpike.

In May 2013, records from the Broward County Supervisor of Elections (SOE), stated Holness was registered to vote within District 9 by claiming to live in a small, older 940-square foot townhome in the Royal Oaks townhome development at 2630 N.W. 52nd Avenue in Lauderhill. Property records from the Broward County Property Appraiser (BCPA) show Holmes owns the small home but does not list it as his primary residence for his homestead tax exemption.

Property records listed the mailing address for Holness’ home as 4325 West Sunrise Blvd in Lauderhill. This is the business address for All Broward Realty, Inc., a company owned by Holness.

As Media Trackers Florida reported, the 2006 Central Lauderhill Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) master plan shows Lauderhill officials targeted the Royal Oaks for a dramatic makeover funded by federal and state grants. The plan says Royal Oaks is in “disrepair and in need of landscaping upkeep.” The entire neighborhood was part of an ambitious plan to build parks and improve roads and sewers. The Royal Oaks neighborhood was “identified as properties suitable for acquisition, demolition and redevelopment[.]”

As vice mayor of Lauderhill in 2006, Holness wrote the Central Lauderhill CRA master plan. Florida Department of State records show Holness has been an official of the Royal Oaks Condominium Association since 2000.

One month after our story, Bob Norman of Local 10 News visited Holness’ townhouse. Norman described the unit as, “A small run-down housing unit in Lauderhill stacked to the ceiling with furniture and boxes. A realtor’s locked box hangs from the door knob. The refrigerator isn’t plugged in and its door is wide open.”

“Nobody lives there,” said Herbert Fray, a handyman who tends the yards there.

Seeking answers, Bob Norman visited Holness at the Broward Government Center.

“Well, sir, we went to that home and there’s no way you live there. Do you live in your district?” asked Local 10 investigative reporter Bob Norman.

“I do,” Holness replied before leaving without answering any more questions.

Since those reports, Holness and his wife have moved to a home in the upscale Plantation neighborhood surrounding the Fort Lauderdale Country Club.

SMITH COMMERCIAL TAKES ON RESIDENCY

Chris Smith’s new ad takes on Holness’ residency issue by giving viewers a tour of all the places Smith has lived. Smith visits the homes he grew up in, the schools he attended and the home he currently lives in with his family. Smith points out that all of these homes are located in District 9.