Users of e-mail programs like Constant Contact are familiar with the easy to use templates. Constant Contact gives the template and the user customizes with their information. When it comes to political campaigns, a candidate often hires an experienced professional to handle mass e-mails to voters.
On Wednesday, Laurie Rich Levinson sent one of those mass e-mails. It was filled with typical campaign talking points and pictures. But near the bottom of the piece, the campaign forgot to remove part of the template.
Is it a big deal? Nope. But it is a sign of a campaign in trouble. When taken together with angry supporters on the trail and the candidate’s unwillingness to debate her opponent (Dr. Richard Mendelson), it seems the Levinson campaign does not know what it is doing.
And she’s been a school board member for eight years. This is her third campaign. Her mother, Nan Rich, is a County Commissioner and a longtime politician. They couldn’t find a pro to handle their e-mail?
This week, supporters of Broward School Member Laurie Rich Levinson, including her husband Neil Levinson, have been accused of intimidating family members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting victims at early voting locations. On Saturday, loud supporters screamed at the wife and young child of her opponent Richard Mendelson. On Sunday, Neil Levinson allegedly yelled in the face of Johanna Feis, the younger sister of slain MSD coach-hero Aaron Feis. The Levinson campaign appears to have a history of these bullying tactics.
Back in August 2010, supporters of Laurie Rich Levinson told Weston voters to ignore the Broward Teachers Union (BTU) co-endorsement of Levinson and School Board Member Phyllis Hope. Broward CleanSweep obtained video of Hope supporter Patrick Joubin finally confronting one of Levinson’s supporters. Watch as the Levinson supporter plays the victim when asked about her dirty campaign tactics.
In an interview with REDBROWARD on Tuesday, Johanna Feis describes how the husband of Broward School Board Member Laurie Rich Levinson yelled in her face at early voting. Feis, sister of the late MSD coach Aaron Feis, is at the Davie/Cooper City library supporting Dr. Richard Mendelson. Aaron Feis and sixteen others were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas on February 14, 2018.
Mendelson, a lifelong friend of Aaron Feis, is leading a strong challenge to unseat Levinson from her District 6 seat. Johanna Feis claims Neil Levinson got in her face after both spoke with a voter. On Sunday, Mr. Levinson allegedly told Feis she was mentally unstable due to her brother’s murder. Ms. Feis and Mendelson identify Mr. Levinson in a photo lineup provided by REDBROWARD.
Late Tuesday, a lawyer for Johanna Feis claimed another local Democrat supporting Levinson screamed at her for discussing her late brother and the other MSD victims. Attorney Cathy Lerman tweeted:
“Attorney Randy Fleischer, the head of the Davie Democratic party, today advised families of MSD victims who are at the polls talking to voters for the BCSD seats that they SHOULD NOT discuss their MSD loved ones with voters. So Fleischer wants them to pretend it didn’t happen?”
Candace Lerman tweeted:
“Attorney Randy Fleischer, President of Davie Democrat Club told @MendelsonBCPS6 in front of Ray Feis, brother of MSD hero Coach Feis, that the families of the 17 victims shouldn’t talk about them when supporting school board candidates. @PollackHunter @AndrewPollackFL @jaketapper”