When he’s not docking the paychecks of unvaccinated employees, Broward Mayor Steve Geller counts on an aide for hispanic outreach. Let’s hope the aide can undo the damage caused by an insulting National Hispanic Month post from the official County Twitter account. On Wednesday, @BrowardCounty trumpeted the start of National Hispanic month by listing a few Central American countries along with the question, “What are you doing to celebrate?”
The post included a GIF of a dancing taco with maracas.
It’s bad enough that a Broward County employee thinks “hispanic” countries” are confined to Central America. That’s surprising news to Broward residents with ties to South America or Cuba or Mexico or Spain.
And the dancing taco? Someone in Broward County government thinks Hispanic Heritage is exemplified by tacos?
The post was quickly deleted. But the internet is forever.
Two hours later, a less controversial tweet was sent.
The Sun-Sentinel reporter who wrote about the candidates for the upcoming Coral Springs city commission says no apology was made to Khurrum Wahid. REDBROWARD reported Wahid supporter Alissa Jean Schafer, an elected member of the Broward Soil & Water board, called Lisa Huriash’s story “racist” and warned it could lead to violence. It addition to calling for the censorship of the story, Schafer claimed Huriash apologized to Wahid.
This evening, Huriash took to Twitter to deny any apology was made. She wrote:
Hello. 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. Thank you for allowing me to share it.
REDBROWARD takes Huriash at her word. She is known for her straightforward reporting on local government and events.
So, why would an elected official lie about an apology? Why is Khurrum Wahid so quick to complain about simple facts regarding his legal career and political activities? Is he trying to fool Coral Springs voters?
Even though he’s being handsomely paid, Democratic consultant Dan Lewis continues to provide lazy social media for his Broward candidates. Last month, REDBROWARD documented Lewis’ ineffective Facebook posts promoting Broward Clerk of Courts candidate Mitch Ceasar. The former chairman of the Broward Democrat Party has paid Lewis’ companies nearly $14,000 during this campaign cycle. In fact, Broward candidates have paid nearly $65,000 to Lewis’ companies, STAR Inc. and JNAC Management & Consulting.
One would reasonably assume a high-priced political consultant would provide a state of the art social media campaign for his candidates. Instead, five candidates got the same exact Facebook post from Lewis’ social media team. The identically worded and sourced Facebook posts were made on Flag Day.
The long, wordy posts were copied and pasted from an online flag store. The only thing different in the posts were the graphics used. Although candidates shared the same pictures.
The identical posts appeared on the Facebook campaign pages for Mitch Ceasar, Broward Sheriff candidate James Fondo, Circuit Court candidate Doreen Inkeles, County Court candidate Rhoda Sokoloff and County Court candidate Brenda Di Ioia. Only Di Ioia has not paid Lewis or his companies. (Lewis personally “liked” the Di Ioia post)
To date, Lewis’ companies have been paid $16,855 by James Fondo, $7,764.60 by Rhoda Sokoloff, $13,502.73 by Mitch Ceasar and $8,116.75 by Doreen Inkeles.