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Sun-Sentinel Editor Steve Bousquet Takes REDBROWARD “With A Grain Of Salt” As He Cites Our Reporting In Yet Another Endorsement Video

Here you go again. Sun-Sentinel Opinion Editor Steve Bousquet takes a shot at REDBROWARD while citing our reporting during an interview with the City of Tamarac mayoral candidates. Bousquet, a resident of Tallahassee, said he takes REDBROWARD “with a grain of salt” before asking Elberg Mike Gelin about his desire to run for Broward County Commission. On September 22, 2022 we detailed Gelin’s Facebook Live interview with a Honduran immigrant rights group.

The Facebook interviewer asked Gelin if running for mayor was part of his future plans. Gelin said he was currently running for mayor. But then, Gelin’s face lit up when he said really wanted to be a Broward County Commission. Gelin made no mention of his plans for Tamarac if he became Mayor. Instead, he explained how a Broward County Commissioner had jurisdiction over multiple cities.

Gelin tried to qualify his comments but stating a run for County Commission could be eight or ten years down the road. Gelin told Bousquet he did not plan on challenging popular Broward County Mayor Michael Udine for the District 3 seat.

Elberg Mike Gelin Facebook Interview

But Gelin’s track record shows he is not a patient politician. Many political insiders were shocked when Gelin decided to challenge the popular incumbent Mayor Michelle Gomez.

GRAIN OF SALT

For some reason, Steve Bousquet failed to accurately describe our report. He said REDBROWARD “claimed” Gelin’s desire to seek higher office was based on a Facebook post. No, it was based on a live interview of Gelin on Facebook. REDBROWARD included Gelin’s exact quotes as well as a video clip of Gelin’s comments. The clip was included in our report and our YouTube channel.

This reporter knows they get YouTube in Tallahassee and Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

In the 1970s, Bousquet was a fixture on WPLG Channel 10 news with local news legends like Ann Bishop, Dwight Lauderdale and Molly Turner. Since then, he’s covered establishment politics in Tallahassee for various newspapers before being named opinion editor for the Sun-Sentinel. Guess no Broward based reporters applied for the job.

Earlier this week, we shared another example of Bousquet’s snark towards REDBROWARD. We welcome criticism and snark. You should take everything you read with a healthy dose of salt.

It just seems odd that Bousquet takes shots at an outlet he repeatedly cites in his endorsement videos. Perhaps Steve should come join our field trips to commission meetings in Tamarac, Plantation, Pompano Beach or Fort Lauderdale. Things have really changed since the 1970s.

And don’t worry Steve, we won’t tell Judy Stern.

REDBROWARD reached out to Steve Bousquet for comment. He did not respond.

“Overtly:” Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton Offers Support, Money To City Commission Candidates In Email

Just when you think Tamarac politics cannot get any crazier….

In an email obtained by REDBROWARD, Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton offered his overt support as well as a campaign donation to multiple Tamarac commission candidates. Bolton laughably claimed the offer came in his “personal capacity” even though email was sent from “commissionermarlonbolton@gmail.com.” In addition to his personal support, Bolton told candidates they would be vying for a donation from his Friends of Marlon Bolton PAC.

Bolton stated those seeking a formal endorsement would have to go through an interview process which includes filling out a questionnaire. But Bolton’s solicitation goes beyond a normal interview.

Bolton included “ideas” of discussion items. This ideas were canvassing, yard signs and fundraising. These type of topics are usually discussed with potential campaign managers not mere endorsers.

Several candidates told REDBROWARD they rejected Bolton’s overtures.

Why would candidates fill out a questionnaire for Bolton when he has supported allies like Elberg Mike Gelin and Stuart Michelson?

Why do the opposition research for your opponents?

Is Marlon Bolton soliciting campaign work?

REDBROWARD documented Bolton’s covert role in numerous past elections.

REDBROWARD asked Marlon Bolton for comment. He has not responded.

Here is Marlon Bolton’s email to Tamarac candidates.

Hello Candidates:

My name is Marlon Bolton and I am the District 1 Commissioner for the City of Tamarac and Chair of Friends of Marlon Bolton PAC. Congratulations on your candidacy. I will keep this email short and to the point.

Some of you have asked me for help in my personal capacity. I have had some time to think about this and have decided to help each and everyone of you in any way that you ask for help as long as I am available and able. My cell phone number is (xxx)xxx-xxxx. I am committed to overtly supporting your efforts, until I formally endorse a candidate, irrespective of who you are and, I am available IMMEDIATELY as long as you commit to participating in the endorsement interview.

Here are some ideas:

— Canvassing

— Planting Yard Signs

— Fundraising, etc

Speaking of endorsement, my PAC will be hosting an endorsement interview sometime in October. Our endorsement carries lots of support and a generous donation. Please respond to this email to let me know if your are interested and I will send you the questionnaire in a few days. The interview will be fun, professional and positive.

Deadline to respond is Tuesday, October 4th, 2022. If you wish not to participate, I understand.

Best wishes on your new journey and I will see you on the turf.

Marlon