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Sun Sentinel Editor-In-Chief: “The Reporter Didn’t Apologize” To Khurrum Wahid Campaign

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Last week, REDBROWARD revealed a Broward elected official falsely claimed the Sun-Sentinel apologized for running a biography of Khurrum Wahid, a candidate for the Coral Springs city commission. Alissa Jean Schafer, a member of the Broward Soil & Water Board, claimed the newspaper apologized for correctly stating Wahid’s legal representation of terror suspects. Schafer even claimed a fact-filled story about Wahid’s legal work could lead to violence.

Lisa Huraish, the Sun-Sentinel reporter who wrote the Wahid story, quickly responded. Huraish categorically denied any apology was made. She wrote, “ I just want to set the record straight here. Yes, we did update the story after a candidate, Khurrum Wahid, issued a response, including why he has represented terrorism suspects. We did this out of fairness, to provide more explanation and context. The first story was accurate, and we never apologized for it. That’s the full truth.

The Khurrum Wahid campaign never responded to our requests for comment.

Last night, REDBROWARD caught up with Wahid and Schafer at a candidate forum in Coral Springs.

Schafer doubled-down In her claims the Sun-Sentinel issued an apology. When asked why she claimed an apology was made, Schafer said, “Why? I have an email showing she did.” Schafer then laughed while running away from our camera.

We showed our video to Julie Anderson, the Editor-in-Chief of the Pulitzer Prize winning South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Anderson said,”The reporter didn’t apologize for her story. We reiterate that it was accurate.”

The Wahid campaign is paying Schafer and her Copper Stamp Strategy company for communication consulting. Is this the type of communications Wahid would approve if elected? Even more troubling, Schafer worked for current Coral Springs Commissioner Joshua Simmons. Will voters be able to trust what commissioners say if Alissa Schafer keeps spewing fake news?

Coral Springs voters deserve the truth before the June 18, 2019 election.

Outside Progressive Groups Flooding Coral Springs Political Races With Campaign Cash

Since 2017, national progressive groups have flooded Coral Springs politicians with campaign contributions. Normally, municipal races are funded by friends and neighbors of candidates as well as local business owners and developers. However, a review of Coral Springs campaign reports show contributions from progressive groups across the United States and Florida with very few contributions from Coral Springs residents or businesses.

In 2018, Joshua Simmons, a Broward school teacher, beat incumbent Coral Springs Commissioner Lou Cimaglia. Despite being a political novice, Simmons managed to collect nearly $32,000 in campaign contributions. Simmons received contributions from MoveOn.org, Emerge (Emgage), and Latino Victory US. Simmons had the financial support of politicians like Rep Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), Broward School Board Member Rosalind Osgood, and Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness.

None of these politicians represent the City of Coral Springs.

According to the reports, more than 75% of Josh Simmons’ campaign contributions came from outside the City of Coral Springs.

The numbers were even more stunning for the 2019 mayoral campaign of Nancy Metayer. Her campaign received numerous contributions from progressive groups like Common Voices, Alliance For A Better Community, FLIC Votes, SEIU and Ruth’s List. None of these groups are located in Coral Springs. Metayer had the support of politicians like Dale Holness, Tamarac Commissioner Mike Gelin, Sunrise Commissioner Mark Douglas, West Park Commissioner Brian Johnson and Hallandale Beach Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana.

According to Metayer’s campaign reports, only 30 contributions came from Coral Springs. Over 90% of her 304 contributions were made from people and groups from outside Coral Springs city limits.

In a stark contrast, Metayer was defeated by Scott Brook who received 53 percent of his campaign contributions from Coral Springs residents.

Coral Springs commission candidate Khurrum Wahid is showing numbers similar to Nancy Metayer. For the upcoming June 18, 2019 seat 2 election, Khurrum Wahid reported 202 total contributions. Only 21 of the contributions came from Coral Springs. Ninety percent (181) of Wahid’s contributions were made by entities outside Coral Springs.

Why are progressive groups and outside interests flooding Coral Springs elections with money? What do they want in return?