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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

Plantation Councilman Nick Sortal Admits Lying To Sun-Sentinel About Racial Comments , Calls Reveal Of HR Complaint A “Distraction.”

Nick Sortal Claims He Was Being “Sarcastic”

Nick Sortal was supposed to start last night’s Plantation City Council meeting with the typical invocation. A few kind words, a remembrance, a moment of silence or even a quite prayer. Instead, Nick Sortal addressed a Human Resources complaint filed against him by a longtime City of Plantation employee. Last week, REDBROWARD broke the news of Sortal’s inappropriate sexual and racial remarks to deputy clerk.

According to an official City memorandum, Sortal and his wife entered the City Clerk’s office in May to file paperwork to run for Mayor. The couple entered following an encounter with popular incumbent Mayor Lynn Stoner. Nick Sortal told the female employee that the argument between Stoner and his wife aroused him. “My dick is hard for this,” Sortal said.

Then, the employee stated Sortal asked if another candidate was black. When informed the other candidate was white, Sortal said, “Oh good, Plantation will never have a black mayor.” During the HR investigation, Sortal admitted he made the remarks.

Sortal never responded to our request for comment.

Sortal did tell a student-run website at FIU that our report on the comments was “inaccurate.”

Sortal was even more direct in a subsequent statement to the Sun-Sentinel. Sortal told reporter Lisa Huriash that the penis remark was a joke directed at his wife not the city employee. As for the racial remark, Sortal said it is “a lie. That never, ever happened. I’m not that kind of person.”

A definite denial. Nick Sortal said he never made a racial remark. Sortal says anyone saying otherwise is a liar.

Case closed, right?

Nope

SORTAL ADMITS MAKING COMMENTS AGAIN

Last week, REDBROWARD revealed Nick Sortal admitted to making the racial comments in a bizarre email to City if Plantation HR Director Denese Edsall. Sortal included a smear against Mayor Lynn Stoner in the email.

The email came after Nick Sortal urged supporters to contact editors at the Sun-Sentinel to complain about Lisa Huriash’s story. REDBROWARD obtained an email from Sortal urging supporters to say the story was “inaccurate” and “incorrectly reported.” Sortal hoped the complaints would cause the newspaper to pull the story.

REDBROWARD asked Sun-Sentinel editor-in-chief Julie Anderson about Sortal’s pressure campaign.

“Yes, we stand by the story. [Sortal] complained to us after the online version posted so we reviewed his complaints immediately,” Anderson said. “Ultimately we didn’t see any issues and published it in print as well. We’ll keep reporting it as it develops, of course.”

Last night, before a audience of residents, friends, family, City employees, fellow Council members and the Mayor, Nick Sortal once again admitted to making the racial comments to the whistleblower. Sortal made the remarks in public, on the record and on video.

THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM FOR NICK SORTAL?

Nick Sortal started his speech at last night’s Plantation City Council meeting with another swipe at the media and whistleblowers. Sortal said “a lot of misinformation was circulated” after someone “distributed HR notes to the media.” Sortal claimed he would “clear up the facts.”

Sortal said it was “wrong” to make reference to the state of his penis to a female employee. He said he apologized to CAO Jason Nunemaker and vowed to never make similar remarks again.

As for the racial remark, Nick Sortal said the Human Resources report had “mischaracterized…support for greater diversity and public leadership.” Sortal said, “unfortunately, notes taken by an uninvolved third party…did not accurately reflect my statement or the sentiment I meant to convey to the City employee.” The “notes” were taken by top level City officials investigating alleged misconduct by an elected official. Hardly an “uninvolved third party.”

Sortal claimed he had many racial discussions with employees at City Hall over the last four years. He said he was “lamenting such a lack of diversity in our public offices.”

Then, Councilman Nick Sortal used an excuse almost as tired as the “I was hacked” excuse.

Nick Sortal claimed he was being “sarcastic.”

“I communicated this in a sarcastic and tone deaf manner and for that I am terribly sorry,” Sortal said.

Sortal finished by calling the outing of an HR investigation into his behavior a “distraction.”

Three times.

Three times, on the record, Nick Sortal admitted to making the racial remark, “Oh good. Plantation will never have a black mayor.”

But now he wants residents to believe he was just joking. He was being “sarcastic” while making bigoted remarks to deputy city clerk while conducting official business inside City Hall.

If he was just joking, why did Nick Sortal deny making the racial remarks to the Sun-Sentinel? Sortal told the reporter that the accusation was a “lie.” When Lisa Huriash included the racial remark in her story, an angry Nick Sortal launched a campaign to smear Huriash’s reporting in order to spike her story.

Why would Nick Sortal, a former reporter, do this is he was just being “sarcastic?”

Nick Sortal’s behavior during this entire time has been unprofessional. He called the whistleblower a liar. He called the Mayor a racist. He attacked the media for reporting the facts.

And Nick Sortal wants to be the next Mayor of Plantation?

Emperor Nick Sortal has no clothes.

Emperor Nick Sortal Has No Clothes

Plantation Councilman Nick Sortal Asked Supporters To Pressure Sun-Sentinel Into Pulling “Inaccurate” Story Hours Before He Made Second Admission

Plantation Councilman Nick Sortal continues to spiral out of control following the revelation he made inappropriate sexual and racial remarks to a female employee while conducting official business at City Hall. Last week, REDBROWARD was first to report how Nick Sortal told a Deputy City Clerk that a “scuffle” between Mayor Lynn Stoner and his wife aroused him. “My dick is hard for this,” Sortal said. Sortal is running against Stoner this November.

Later, Sortal asked if any black residents were running for Mayor. When the Deputy Clerk told him no, Sortal said, “Oh good, Plantation will never have a black Mayor.” The Deputy Clerk made a complaint with the City of Plantation Human Resources department. An official City document shows Sortal admitted to making the remarks in a conversation with Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Jason Nunemaker.

Sortal refused REDBROWARD’s request for comment.

One day later, Sortal told an obscure student publication in Miami that the REDBROWARD report was “inaccurate.”

Last Wednesday, Nick Sortal called the employee a liar in a denial to the Sun-Sentinel. Sortal said, “the allegation that he also made a racial comment to [the deputy clerk] is ‘a lie. That never, ever happened. I’m not that kind of person.’”

“I feel it’s all about politics,” Sortal said. “I want to keep my focus. I’m not getting down in the mud. That’s not who I am.”

Despite the fairness of the Sun-Sentinel’s reporting, Sortal was angry the story included the “Oh good, Plantation will never have a black mayor” quote. Even though Sortal and his wife were longtime reporters for the newspaper, he decided to attack the reporter and her story.

ATTACK THE FEMALE REPORTER

REDBROWARD obtained an email from Nick Sortal to supporters urging them to contact the newspaper, the reporter, her editors and even the editor-in-chief Julie Anderson.

Sortal told supporters to email the following to the Sun-Sentinel:

“Tell them this article is inaccurate, incorrectly reported and should not be published.
Especially the black quote being recounted from one person to a HR person.”

While he attacked the story as “inaccurate” and “incorrectly reported,” Sortal would admit to making the comments just hours later.

REDBROWARD revealed how Nick Sortal emailed HR Director Denese Edsall just 4 hours after the Sun-Sentinel story was posted online.

Nick Sortal wrote:

I would like this added to the file regarding conversations between [the whistleblower] and me.

It is true.

Then, Nick Sortal claims he went to see the whistleblower after she failed to get a promotion.

Sortal claims the whistleblower said, “Stoner is a racist.”

Nick Sortal has no shame.

He admitted to making the inappropriate comments to the whistleblower. But, when the comments became public, he called the female employee a liar.

When the Sun-Sentinel reports the facts, he urged his fans to attack the female reporter and her story. Then, he makes a second admission to HR director.

Unprofessional. Unhinged.

Luckily, Nick Sortal’s sphere of influence is small.

REDBROWARD asked Sun-Sentinel editor-in-chief Julie Anderson about Sortal’s pressure campaign.

“Yes, we stand by the story. [Sortal] complained to us after the online version posted so we reviewed his complaints immediately,” Anderson said. “Ultimately we didn’t see any issues and published it in print as well. We’ll keep reporting it as it develops, of course.”

Anderson said an editor received one email. She said she received none.

Don’t be a Nick.