Mysterious "Jedi" Plays Shady Role in Plantation Races

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There's a mysterious force at work in the Plantation City Council races -- and they call him the Jedi.

The Jedi is being blamed for a recent negative ad on council candidate Lynn Stoner, who is getting backing by certain Republicans. The ad, which attacks Stoner's dismal voting record, comes with no identifying disclosure -- which seems to run contrary to state law.

The ad's disclaimer says: "Printed and mailed under rights guaranteed by both the U.S. Constitution, Amendment 1, and Florida Statute 106.03."

The address is listed as 7027 W. Broward Blvd., which is a mail drop at a shipping store.

Don't you love how those who want to buy political races always hide behind the Constitution?   
The Red Broward blog has made much mention of the Jedi of late. Ironically nobody knows who Red Broward is. Throw Broward Cleansweep into the mix and you could throw one hell of a costume party. 

The Jedi, according to scuttlebutt on the web, is backing one of Stoner's opponent, Sheldon Harr, a rabbi. The mystery man is also backing the Luke Sykwalker of Plantation politics, Diane Bendekovic. The force is apparently with Bendekovic in Plantation. Currently a councilwoman, Bendekovic's father is the late longstanding mayor Frank Veltri, and she seems to be the city's favorite daughter.

But Jerry Fadgen, a Republican of the worst kind, is fighting hard for the spot. I think tomorrow's vote is going to be tight.

Speculation about who is the Jedi seems centered on two suspects, both of them somewhat notorious names from Broward's past: 
Tom Armstrong and Scott Cowan. 

Cowan is, of course, the former county commissioner who sold out the county to the highest bidder before he was caught stealing from his own campaign coffers, kicked out of office, and convicted of a crime. Now he's returned as a shadow-dwelling lobbyist in Davie (he kept up a friendship with Ron Book, after all). 

Armstrong is a former councilman and state representative who was the contractor on the Plantation Towne Mall renovation when it burned down in 1996. It was the largest fire in Broward history, destroying some 40 businesses. The kicker was that Armstrong used a loophole in the law to avoid installing a sprinkler system, according to a Sun-Sentinel report at the time. 

Armstrong has been out of politics ever since, with his wife, Rae Carol, taking the lead. She's the retiring Plantation mayor who recently endorsed Bendekovic. 

I'm trying to get to the bottom of the Jedi mystery. 

UPDATED: Talked to a source who says that the Jedi, or the person who is being called the Jedi, is Cowan. Still digging. 

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Tired of crooks
Tired of crooks

How come there is no reporting on slut uria's appointment of a non resident to plantation palanning and zoning board. I guess she has thrown her money to the right places.

Rico Petrocelli
Rico Petrocelli

Bob, the disclaimer on Stoners Mailer was the same that was on my last minute attack piece. Thanks for pointing out "Hiding behind the Constitution.

parkland man
parkland man

Hey i just seen in today's paper Keith Stearn lawfirm is closing it doors this month,they had 1000 shitbirds working in there,1000 lawyers are out of work and hopefully most of them will go to jail,they cheated and lied there way right of of a job,LOL lawyers are going fast these days,I just might buy his house on the water if i can steal it,they same way he got it,but i do like parkland,lets see how much it goes for.mabey they will leave the boat in the back yard!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christy
Christy

Entering in with my Light Saber. Obi-Wan Kenobi.Speaking of star wars where is Stephanie Kraft?

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I'd like to have a dollar for everytime I turn to one of my republican friends and ask, "You voted for that stoner?"

RedBroward
RedBroward

No mystery about Red Broward. Several Contributors and/or hacks working behind the scenes to get information to all of Broward's voters. We're buddies with lots of people. Republicans. Democrats. Independents. Moms. Dads. Grandmas. Grandpas. Unlike some, we haven't taken a dime from any politician or cronies. Cleansweep, browardbeat, daily pulp, hallandale blog and even Chaz's blog served as our inspiration. Apologies if we pale in comparison. may the force be with you.

lamaquina1968
lamaquina1968

Red Broward? Everyone at BREC knows it's DiNapoli's buddy Thomas Milo Lauder. The posts of Cleansweep and Red Broward read very similar. One in same?

Dave E
Dave E

Shades of Warren Newell...

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

We might as well elect Stoner, Broward County is going to pot anyway.

parkland man
parkland man

Hey i like the new name trools,giving by charlie sheen now i can say all lawyers are trools,lol and they are, i hear some of you say you say the suck ,they lie ,they cheat, they steal,on and on, but i love when people say there all not bad,thats true with pitt bulls also there not allowed in dade county,and when there puppies there cute and when they grow they bit the shit out of you,same thing with lawyers the are the lowest form of dog shit there is,short,fat,bald,ulgy,queer,the lawyers have it all,i seen the story about john gotti now i liked him alot if any lawyers tried suing him or one of his company's it would end quick,with the paper work right up the lawyers ass,were it belongs,so enough of the not all bad,because they are very bad and i hope they keep going to jail,where they belong.fn trools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BrowardCleansweep
BrowardCleansweep

No fan of Stoner here. She sits on the School Board's Supplier Diversity council. She was appointed by Maureen "Tears Of A Clown" Dinnen. No Cowinky-dinks in Broward. The Hammond guy hired Babs Miller as consultant. The Rabbi told Sun-Sentinel he didn't care if he won(?!) Are there no good candidates in Broward?

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Being Plantation the scoundrel is probably Jedi Clampett.

unowho
unowho

Miami Heat......Looooosing!!!...(not Spoelstra )

Local_Lawyer
Local_Lawyer

Very few lawyers actually worked at Stern's office, which was one of the many problems there.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Your blog would have to be truly awful if it paled in comparison to Chaz's.

Local_Lawyer
Local_Lawyer

Too bad no one at BREC knows how to do a whois search on Network Solutions and search public business records.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Just for the record, the word is "trolls".

Don't worry. We weren't planning on entering you into a spelling bee.

parkland man
parkland man

Thats a good thing because most lawyers don't do anything,they have the office things doing the work if that's what you want to call it,well in any event its all over,im waiting to see the many more shut down soon,mabey you lawyers dont care however the whole world hates you !

unowho
unowho

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

unowho
unowho

You is Jealous!!! :)

Local_Lawyer
Local_Lawyer

I prefer the adage that everyone hates lawyers but loves their attorney.

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