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FRIDAY FLASHBACK: “Broward Leaders’ Shameful Pro-Runcie Rally Orchestrated By Dale Holness”

In light of the final report of the Twentieth Statewide Grand Jury report, let’s revisit our April 23, 2021 story on a “public rally” in support of indicted Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie. The “rally” was populated by Dale Holness allies and members of the Broward Workshop:

Broward Leaders’ Shameful Pro-Runcie Rally Orchestrated By Dale Holness

A Friday morning rally in support of Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie exposed the local elitist attitude towards students, teachers and the rule of law. The downtown Fort Lauderdale rally appears to be the brainchild of controversial Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness who sent emails using his official County letterhead. Robert Runcie was arrested on Wednesday on a felony charge of lying during an official proceeding.

Bob Swindell, CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance acted as the master of ceremonies.

In an epic moment of tone-deafness, Bob Swindell said colleagues from around the country called him to praise the “articulate and intelligent” Broward students who spoke out following the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas massacre. Swindell said it was all due to Robert Runcie.

City Furniture CEO Keith Koenig praised Runcie for helping the business community.

United Way of Broward County CEO Kathleen Cannon praised Runcie for helping Broward non-profit organizations.

But these leaders were dead silent when politicians and their shills questioned the integrity of Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents, state attorneys and even the average citizens on the grand jury.

These millionaires said nothing while a Dale Holness ally called the matter a “politrick” and urged revenge at the ballot box.

Swindell and Holness did not plan on taking questions while television cameras were rolling. They planned on stenographers dutifully regurgitating their public relations spin.

REDBROWARD spoiled those plans.

We asked if the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, City Furniture and the United Way would tolerate an employee charged with lying to a grand jury. We asked whether the students, parents and teachers of Broward County deserve the lion’s share of the credit for improved graduation rates, improved grades and performance instead of the Superintendent.

These Broward millionaires, business leaders, preachers and politicians grew silent and turned their backs on cameras.

Dead silence.

Shame on them.

Dale Holness Demands Broward Taxpayers Compensate Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie For “What He’s Been Through.”

Dale Holness at Broward School Board

Sure, Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie got indicted because he and School Board Attorney contacted Grand Jury witnesses before testifying about a bid rigging scheme at the Broward School District. But in County Commissioner Dale Holness’ world, Runcie is the victim. On Thursday at a special Broward School Board meeting, Dale Holness demanded Runcie be compensated for “what he’s been through.”

Presumably, Holness thinks holding a public official accountable for his actions and resigning after being arrested qualifies as martyrdom.

Here’s Dale Holness’ laughable diatribe:

“The honorable thing to do is to ensure you negotiate a fair settlement…one that’s just, that’s right. One that compensates him for what he’s done, and what he’s been through. Anything less than that would not be right. The eyes of this community are on you. We’re not going to look away. Though he may be going out, we’re still going to pay attention to make sure you what’s fair and what’s right.”

“And as you going forward to replace him, which is going to be a hard task, ensure that you’re fair in that search also.”