Pines Commish Playing Politics In Broward Sheriff’s Race?

Even though he says questions about the county’s emergency 911 response system are not “political,” Pembroke Pines Commissioner Jay Schwartz has spearheaded  a campaign against Broward Sheriff Scott Israel and BSO since at least last April. Schwartz claims to be troubled by the response times of the BSO-operated 911 dispatch system. On Wednesday, Schwartz’s scheme to return control to the Pembroke Pines Police Department was rejected by the city commission.

The day before, Schwartz told WPLG Local 10 he received a call from Sheriff Scott Israel asking him to postpone the vote. Schwartz claims Israel asked him to delay the vote until after the August 30th Democrat primary. 

“He asked that the item wait until after the primary,” Schwartz said. “I went forward with the item because it’s about protecting the residents of Broward County. This dispatch system is not political. What I heard from the sheriff was very disappointing.”

Israel faces challengers Willie Jones, Edison Jules and James Fondo on the August ballot.

Schwartz’s claims Israel is playing politics with public safety echoes the talking points pushed by Fondo, his consultant Dan Lewis and other supporters.

In fact, many Fondo supporters rushed to Schwartz’s defense on Facebook when BSO general counsel Ron Gunzburger attempted to correct the record. Schwartz did not deny Gunzburger’s claim that the Pines commissioner had done extensive polling on the issue.

Two sources told REDBROWARD that Schwartz had commissioned polls on the dispatch issue. Schwartz was re-elected in March.

Gunzburger posted the Sheriff asked for the delay because the County consultant investigating the dispatch system will not complete his report until September.

In April, Schwartz started the steady drumbeat to support his anti-BSO position. On Facebook, Schwartz said return dispatch to Pines control was, “My first order of business in the second term.”

Since then, Schwartz has posted numerous articles which paint Sheriff Israel and BSO in a negative light. These articles are similar to the same ones posted by the Fondo-supporting “Broward Citizens Over Public Safety (COPS)” group.

Come on, Jay. Fess up. You’re a politician. You’ve been playing politics too.

Spammed? Anti-Sheriff Israel Group Using Man Who Made South Florida The “Spam Capital Of The World.”

The shadowy political committee backing an opponent of Broward Sheriff Scott Israel is using the talents of the man who boasted of making South Florida the “spam capital of the world.” In June, the “Citizens Over Public Safety (COPS)” political committee received a $5,000 in-kind contribution from Media Direct, Inc of Deerfield Beach. According to State election reports the hefty contribution was for an “email blast to million.” One could reasonably assume COPS made an email blast to one million Broward voters.

According to State business records, Scott Hirsch is the president of Media Direct, Inc. Hirsch, a Boca Raton resident, has a controversial record when it comes to email blasts. 

In 2003, TIME magazine called Hirsch a “spammer” who sold his email marketing company to Equifax for a reported $135 million dollar price tag. “Florida is home to more spammers than any other state, and Hirsch — likes to take credit for helping make Boca Raton ‘the spam capital of the world.'”

Another reports chronicle how Hirsch’s company went after the former customers of big companies. 

SPAM CAMPAIGNS

In 2006, published reports claimed Hirsch’s Naviant company lead spam campaign on the behalf of Miller Brewing Co, CitiFinancial, Sprint and General Motors. OReilly.com reported the “Miller campaign suggests that Equifax’s spamming, and Naviant itself, are alive and well. Customer-contact.net, the domain referenced in the Miller spam, is associated with former Naviant head and longtime ROKSO spammer Scott Hirsch. The IP address hosting the customer-contact.net domain belongs to Naviant.”

The Mad Finn blog reported Naviant used “e-pending” to spam customers. “E-pending is a term used for a spammer technique of finding your Email address using other information, usually your name and mail address. A spammer, in this case Miller Brewing, has your other information, but not your email address. They’ll trawl online databases for likely matches, and basically append their records of you with the Email address found with the search. E-pending is notoriously inaccurate and guaranteed to generate spam.”

Hirsch is not the first controversial figure associated with the anti-Sheriff Scott Israel committee.

CONSULTANT OWNS COPS DOMAIN

In April, REDBROWARD reported Broward Denocrat consultant Dan Lewis met with the backers of the Citizens Over Public Safety (COPS) political committee. On April 2, REDBROWARD first reported the committee backers hoped to use “COPS” to support the campaign of Democrat James Fondo. Sources told REDBROWARD the backers discussed tactics with Lewis including the use of his controversial “blue card” mailer. The pro-Fondo forces planned to use COPS to attack Israel while Fondo remains “above the fray.”

REDBROWARD uncovered website domain records which showed Dan Lewis, owner of JNAC Communications and Management Services LLC, purchased domains related to the COPS political committee. The domains were registered in late February 2016. The domains include CitizensOverPublicSafety.com and CitizensOverPublicSafety.net.

In December, REDBROWARD reported Lewis’ famously wordy emails touting his judicial candidates ended up in spam folders all across Broward.

Scott Hirsch made South FL the “spam capital of the world”

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel Gets Another Democrat Opponent

Willie Jones
Willie Jones

On Tuesday, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel picked up another Democrat challenger when Willie Jones of Coconut Creek filed his campaign paperwork. Jones is the second Democrat running against Israel. “Mystery Man” Edison Jules of Ohio/NY/Florida entered the race last month.

Last January, the Westside Gazette published a glowing review of Jones’ retirement from the Broward Sheriff’s Office. ” Citations, proclamations and reflections were heartfelt and varied, coming from dignitaries such as former Pompano Beach Commissioner Woodrow Poitier, Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Smith….We joined them in saluting an exemplary man who performed an often difficult profession in exemplary fashion.”

Wonder if they served salami sandwiches of chicken cacciatore at Jones’ retirement party?