Judge Hurley and Political Operative Jack Shifrel Have It Out in Very Public Facebook Spat

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Add Judge John "Jay" Hurley to the list of people pissed at political operative Jack Shifrel.

The judge left a message on Shifrel's Facebook page late last night that made a spat between them very public. Hurley, who gets boatloads of TV time for serving as the judge who handles first appearances in Broward County, wrote that he needed to address claims Shifrel had been
making on Facebook.

Shifrel had claimed Hurley hadn't paid him for work the operative had done on the judge's reelection campaign. Hurley claimed Shifrel had been "given several notices" to submit invoices but didn't do so before Hurley had to close his campaign account. "You knew this, but still failed to submit invoices."

It's rare in politics to see a spat turn so public. Shifrel's Facebook page has liberal privacy settings, meaning the judge's comments are open for anyone to see. It's perhaps a sign of the times that such an argument isn't settled over cocktails at the Tower Club but on Facebook walls.

But what isn't uncommon about this spat is that Shifrel has faced accusations of misdeeds for years. His problems began in 1984, when he pleaded no contest to grand theft and obtaining property in return for a worthless check, according to a Miami Herald article from the time; he served two years on probation for the charges.

In 1994, then-State House candidate Jim Waldman threatened to sue Shifrel after Shifrel failed to produce $3,000 in campaign paraphernalia that Waldman had ordered from the consultant. Waldman told the Sentinel it was a plot Shifrel had cooked up to help Waldman's opponent. That dispute hasn't ended for the two, with Waldman telling New Times in 2006 that Shifrel was still upset over it.

Shifrel didn't return a phone call from the Pulp.

Update: Shifrel called to say he missed the message yesterday from the Pulp. In response to the spat with Hurley, he said it was a misunderstanding. "I don't want to drag this out. This is much ado about nothing."

He said he's an infrequent Facebook user and didn't know he was posting a note on Hurley's wall instead of sending him a private message.

"The biggest gripe I have is about cowards who write things anonymously and make things up about me," he said. "I say, say it to my face rather than write things anonymously saying this or that."

Hurley's office directed calls to his campaign treasurer, Ed McGee, who said he met with Shifrel and explained that all he had to do to get paid was submit an invoice.

"He could have walked into my lobby and written it on a piece of paper," McGee said. "I'm at a loss. To put the judge in the middle of this is unfair."

It's also not the first time Hurley has found himself on the south side of politics. Hurley was tied to Scott Rothstein because the Ponzi schemer gave money to the Republican Party days before then-Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Hurley to the bench. There's no proof that Hurley's appointment came as a payback, but the accusation haunted Hurley during his reelection.

Hurley also took criticism in 2009 when he got upset over a comment on the JAABlog that revealed the location of the judge's wedding. The judge called the blog to try to learn the identity of the commenter. When that didn't work, Hurley phoned the Broward Sheriff's Office to see if there was a way for him to learn the commenter's identity.

The judge's full comment on Shifrel's Facebook wall is copied here below. But to see the original comment, click here. Unlike Shifrel, Hurley has kept his Facebook settings on a more private setting, so if you visit the judge's page, all you'll find is a fine photo of the judge from earlier days, long before he found himself in such nasty politics.

Jack: I feel the need to address you publicly on FB. You have made several thinly veiled allegations on FB alluding to your position that either me or my campaign owes you money. You are wrong. You were given several notices to submit invoices and you failed to do so in a timely manner. In fact, my campaign Treasurer indicates that you were paid in full regarding all invoices submitted. By law, my campaign account had to be closed by a certain date and that no further payments could be paid thereafter. You knew this, but still failed to submit invoices. It would be illegal to satisfy any invoices AFTER the closing of my campaign account. Hopefully, this clarifies the issue and you will refrain from future comments.

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Jack Shifrel is a derrogitory individual who lies about his background to ingratiate himself to his neighbors and then threatens to sue .  Everyone in the Township at Coconut Creek has his number and knows they are dealing with a ROGUE not a consultant as he calls himself lately... he is someone to stay away from and the children of the elderly neighbors who live in the Township at Coconut Creek are on to Jack the Wack for sure


We the people are a FREE people. We have certain inate rights.  by aur continental doctrine ,we aere allowed to voice our opion without reprisle. Who so they think yheyn are? Telling us we HAVE to OBEY or be labeled a terriorest.

Jack Shifrel
Jack Shifrel

For the record, the only calls or contact of any kind I received about this matter was from former Pulp Fiction (sorry, Daily Pulp) writer Bob Norman. There are no missed calls on my phone & nothing on my e mail account.  I had two conversations with Mr. Norman yesterday.  He first called me around 8 AM while I was in the middle of doing something.  After talking for a minute or so, I asked him to call me back so I could finish what I was doing when he called.  Mr. Norman called me back about an hour later & we had a conversation about the facebook matter.  The sum & substance of my conversation with him was that it was much ado about nothing.  I told him it was a simple misunderstanding & that neither Judge Hurley nor I owed the other anything.  When I learned of Buddy Nevin's account of the same non-story, I took the initiative to call him.  I told him pretty much what I've written here.

For the record, the disagreement between Representative Waldman & I was settled between us, & not in court. I hold no grudge towards him, & as a matter of fact, praised him for some of his legislative courage at a recent political gathering.  To invoke the late Toni Siskin's name in this discussion is another example of the cowardly actions of anonymous posters on blogs.  Toni & I were friends until her very untimely passing several years ago.  As a matter of fact, at one time Toni & her husband Neil & my wife & I were a bowling team.  I am still friendly with Joe Geller, for whom I have great respect, & Joey Scuotto & I have been friends for many years.

If you are going too be so low as to write things about people that can have an impact on them & their families, have the guts & decency to sign your name.  Those who don't are worthless cowards.  And if you want to write something about me & don't have the guts to sign your name on a blog, try telling me to my face.


Re: Local Me's commentYou left out a few pertinent facts; That was the first (and probably the last) time that this blog would foolishly "out" a poster. Many have speculated that subsequent postings on this blog have dropped over the last year due to the reasonable suspicion that a poster will be outed to create a news story.The best that the Pulp could find out was that the IP address/poster came from a non-law firm computer in the building of Hurley's treasurer Ed Mcgee. A building which has more that 15 tenants who used a common server NOT used by Mcgee (one user being a local political activist).  Also, the Judge's "office" is in the courthouse.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I heard that the judge was so upset, he lowered all of his bow ties to half staff.

Local Me
Local Me

Eric you left out the time that you and Norman used an ip address of a commenter to prove that someone from Hurley's office building was trolling all the blogs leaving the lamest comments in support of his candidacy.

In The Know
In The Know

If I remember correctly, Waldman did take Jack to court and won a non-performance case against him. Jack has done this many times. Ask Toni Siskin (?). Ask Joe Geller. Ask Joey Scuotto.

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

Outing a commenter was not something we came to lightly. But if someone is spamming the blog with political messages that may have come from a campaign worker, it raises to the point where the news value trumps the concerns you raise.

And not to brag, Gorkypark, but traffic to this blog is at an all-time high. OK, with the exception of the month we broke the Rothstein story. Ah, what a month that was.


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SignedJ. Hurley

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