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Councilman Nick Sortal Tries To Silence Plantation Resident With Late Night Voicemail & Text Messages

Nick Sortal With Former Supporter Susanna Bott

Plantation Councilman Nick Sortal tried to silence a former supporter with a barrage of late night text messages and even a voicemail. Sortal contacted Plantation resident Susanna Bott on Monday night after she asked him to drop out of the Mayoral race in a Facebook post. Bott was upset after Sortal admitted to making sexual and racial comments to a female employee inside City Hall.

On June 13, 2022, REDBROWARD revealed a longtime city employee filed a complaint against Nick Sortal after he made inappropriate sexual and racial remarks to her while he was conducting official business. After a fight between his wife and Mayor Stoner, Sortal told the employee, “My dick is hard for this.” Sortal also expressed satisfaction that “Plantation will never have a black mayor.”

An official memorandum shows Nick Sortal admitted to making the comments. Later, Sortal told the Sun-Sentinel the accusation of racial remarks was a “lie.” But during the June 22, 2022 City Council meeting, Nick Sortal admitted to everyone that he made the racial remark. He claimed he was joking.

In a Monday June 27, 2022 Facebook post, Bott asked Nick Sortal to “do the right thing” and “show some class” by dropping his bid to unseat popular incumbent Mayor Lynn Stoner. While she initially planned to support Sortal over Stoner, Bott said, “poor judgement and vulgar comments” as well as “racist remarks” can not be tolerated.

Shortly after posting the comments, Sortal called Bott. Since it was after 11:00PM, Bott sent the call to voicemail. REDBROWARD obtained a copy of the voicemail.

Nick Sortal Leaves Late Night Voicemail For Plantation Woman

Sortal told Bott he had, “Been thinking about you for a few days.” Sortal said, “What you have read is not true.” He said he wanted to show her what really happened.

“I would never, umm, do the racial thing,” Sortal said. “I would appreciate if you waited before saying anything to anyone else in the public.”

Sortal said, “This really, really bothers me.” He claimed that, “It’s not right what they’re saying at all.”

Bott said Sortal sent text messages and Facebook messages until midnight.

Why would Nick Sortal deny saying the “racial thing” when he admitted to it five days earlier? It’s on audio and video. It is part of the official City record.

While Bott is active in Plantation Democrat politics, she holds no official position. Why is Nick Sortal asking her to stop talking about him?

As REDBROWARD reported yesterday, TEAM SORTAL appears eager to silence opposing points of view.

Sortal called the whistleblower/employee a liar.

Sortal asked supporters to contact Sun-Sentinel editors to complain about reporter Lisa Huriash after she published his racial remarks. He wanted to paint her story as “inaccurate” and “incorrect” even though he admitted making the remarks.

Yesterday, REDBROWARD revealed Plantation Councilmember Denise Horland, a Sortal ally, requested the names of all Plantation residents who requested copies of the Sortal investigation.

Why are Nick Sortal and Denise Horland eager to silence Plantation residents and the media?

Plantation voters deserve answers, right?

Nick Sortal Made Late Night Call To Plantation Woman

Denise Horland Joins Hunt For Whistleblower(s) Who Leaked HR Investigation Of Plantation Councilman Nick Sortal

Denise Horland Joins Nick Sortal

Denise Appleby Horland is trying to unmask the whistleblower who revealed a City of Plantation Human Resources Department investigation of Councilman Nick Sortal, records show. On June 13, 2022 REDBROWARD revealed a longtime female City employee accused Sortal of making inappropriate sexual and racial comments to her while he was conducting official business inside City Hall. An official memorandum showed Sortal admitted to making remarks about his erect penis as well as expressing satisfaction that “Plantation will never have a black mayor.”

Despite the admission, a labor attorney told City leaders they were powerless to hold Sortal accountable for his behavior. Not long after being told Sortal would face no punishment, the longtime employee left her position. Nick Sortal is currently running against popular incumbent Mayor Lynn Stoner

After the news broke about Nick Sortal’s inappropriate comments, Denise Horland remained silent. During last Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Nick Sortal admitted, for the third time, to making the remarks. Even though he told the Sun-Sentinel that reports of racial remarks were a “lie,” Sortal said his racial remarks about a black mayor were just a “tone deaf” attempt at sarcasm. Instead of a lie, Sortal told residents it was a joke.

Denise Horland remained silent.

Instead of being angry over the treatment of a female employee or the lack accountability of a sitting elected official, Plantation Councilwoman Denise Horland wants to know who made Nick Sortal’s dirty laundry public.

Two days after Nick Sortal made his third admission to making the inappropriate sexual and racial comments, Denise Horland filed a public records request with the City of Plantation clerk.

Horland wrote, “I would like to know the name of any person’s who either requested or were sent a copy of the file memorandum which details what transpired between Councilmember Sortal and Ms. [REDACTED].”

“I would also like to know the dates of the requests received and the dates the memo was shared/sent,” Horland wrote.

Horland knows the facts of the investigation. She was sitting next to Nick Sortal Wednesday night when he admitted everything to the public.

So why does Denise Horland wants names and dates of who let the public know about this injustice?

REDBROWARD asked Denise Horland. She did not respond to our request for comment.

Normally, politicians want to know who leaked embarrassing information so they can “plug the hole” or intimidate other whistleblowers from going public.

Since our story broke, prominent Sortal supporters on social media have sought out the identities of the whistleblowers.

Why is Denise Horland sticking her neck out for Nick Sortal?

Is she showing loyalty to a fellow Democrat?

Are their shared donors and campaign advisers urging Denise Horland to defend Nick Sortal?

Doesn’t Denise Horland owe a duty to City employees to defend them from attacks and inappropriate comments by City leaders?

Is this duty overshadowed by politics?

Denise Horland is on the ballot this November.

City of Plantation voters deserve answers, no?

Denise Horland Wants Names & Dates