Herald Gives Endorsement to Scott Israel for Broward Sheriff -- but It's Pretty Tepid

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Read our past interview with Israel, and about how he's retweeting it a whole bunch, and about his money.

The editorial board at the Miami Herald has chimed in for Scott Israel, one of the two Democratic contenders in what may be the most important and underreported primary election in Broward this year, for county sheriff. The Sun-Sentinel hasn't made an endorsement.

The Herald sides with a time-tested candidate in Israel, who ran against Al Lamberti and lost in 2008. His opponent, Louis Granteed, is a first-time candidate and career Hollywood cop.

But the editorial board isn't exactly gushing with praise for Israel, nor does it present a strong argument for its choice. Instead, we get exactly two sentences in his favor.

"Mr. Israel's experience as a chief of a police agency, albeit for a small city, plus his decades with a larger, more complex urban agency give him an edge in this race," the paper writes after a few tit-for-tat paragraphs about the biographies of both candidates.

The only other sentence in favor of Israel: "To his credit, Mr. Israel is concerned about the lack of diversity in Mr. Lamberti's upper ranks."

Other than that, it's a level-headed comparison of stats. Israel was a Fort Lauderdale cop. Granteed was a Hollywood cop. Both say they want to bring change to the department. Yawn.

The endorsement mentions the story of the serious sexual-harassment allegations against Louis Granteed. In a noble strain toward fair and balanced, the paper also chooses to mention a controversy for Israel: that his last campaign failed to pay back $10,000, which he fronted from his pocket.

Among the things that have been said but not substantiated in blog comments and conversations: that Israel stole cologne on duty and the subsequent investigation was purged from FLPD records. That he's sleeping through the campaign this time around. That Granteed is a straw candidate put up by Lamberti's people, or that he's a serial racist/sexist/Hollywood cop (well, one of those, we know). This is the kind of dirt that people talk about in the absence of compelling stories in an election. The ho-hum endorsement doesn't help.

In usual fashion, it also doesn't mention fundraising: who's taking money from whom. And damn, do we want to know what the deal is with all those bail bondsmen.

In the end, the Herald does an exceedingly fair and reasoned job of standing behind Israel. But the lack of a strong opinion echoes the overall "blah" nature of this race so far. We're less than a month away from the August 14 primary, people. Wake up.



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myopinion
myopinion

 Herald needs to stick with politics in Miami there's enough to cover there.  Miami Herald Your endorsement sucks.  The story from this paper is right, that's not a real endorsement.  At least the Sun-Sentinel didn't endorse anyone and I respect them for that.  I have problems with any candidate who took campaign money any time from Ponzi King Scott Rothstein.  I know Isreal and Lamberti both did.  Can you say hummmmmmmmm.

LTR123
LTR123

It's like Tweetle Dumb and Tweetle Dumber.  Save your breath, time, effort, and money.  Lamberti will win again! This time by a landslide!

Parkland
Parkland

Surprise, Surprise and Surprise the ultimate liar and scammer is in serious panic mode. Israel continues to try and scam his campaign finance report, but ethics complaint is coming.Israel tried to boost his contributions by adding in $2490.00 that contributors requested refunds on. He posted them as contributions, but the report shows they were posted as refunds, which is against the ethics rules. Marano who screwed us at teh BSO will use our dues money to help the non dues paying member in one of our free PBA shirts.

 

Israel tried to boost his number of contributors by using Jeff Schackart 12 times as a contributor in amounts of $10 and $20 dollars. Very desparate Scotty.Everyone is waiting for this one "THE GAS EXPENSES." Israel used $2032.48 in gas this quarter. What a scumbag using other peoples money for his gas. You decided to run and should use your own gas you cheap ass. Israel once again took money ($500.00) from convicted felon Wayne Collins 5300 S.W. 26 Terrace Fort Lauderdale. In 2008, Israel didn't learn his lesson and took $1000.00 from Wayne Collins, who was twice convicted of felonies.In 1986, Collins was arrested and convicted of Armed Robbery and for Hit and Run in which he tried to bribe the victim. A very close friend of Israel and promised a job!!Florida law prohibits convicted felons from working as bondsmen, so Collins got a license in Rhode Island. Collins lied on his application that he had ever been convicted of a felony. Through Collins Companies Universal Bond and Universal Surety Corporation, Collins gave $25,500 to the Common Sense Coalition an ECO supporting Israel in 2008. After giving the money to Israel, Universal Bond was administratively dissolved.

 

More and More sneaky shit by Israel!!! What a surprise from a prime a one asshole and scumbag. We could never let him get elected and wear a BSO uniform.

 

Do we really want another Sheriff that was arrested and all he does is have friends tha were either fired by the BSO, indicted, or criminals.This does not include the $190,000.00 Rorhstein gave Israel in 2008.

 

 

Israel has the balls to run around telling everyone he only lost in 2008 because of a guy named Rothstein that need to put hundreds of thousands of dollars in Lambertis accounts to beat him. Dude, you are a freakin loser and are so full of shit....... Hellooooo you took the money from Rothstein too, except Lamberti played you like a fiddle. Your friend Jenne another convicted felon sold you out..... You are such a sore loser.

 

O yeah! Israel also posted John Nordinger twice with $500.00 as an individual which is totally illegal and an ethics voilation!!! Evene though they tried to make it look good with two different addressed. John Nordinger told sources he was overly pressured to give Israel money becaus Nordinger is a friend of Granteed and contributed to him first, so Israel called one of Granteed's contributors and pressured him. John has spoken to his Attorney about filing a complaint, but will not admit to it openly.

 

Scotty, your scamming shit is crumbling all around you.

king
king

 @Parkland hey parkland and stefan do your home work assholes the wayne collins in 2008 is 44 yrs old this wayne collins that donated is 68 years old..the wayne collins of 2008 

has not donated a penny

king
king

 @Parkland your rite king people post things without the facts..wayne collins is very sick and not involved in any 

bodys campaign and he was a 17 year old kid when this alledged crap happened ..its 30 years ago stick to the real facts ...isreal is the best man for the job and they have nothing on him so they bring up things that have nothing to do with police work.so what he swam in a private pool at 18 without permission .and of course he uses gas from his campaign he is an average family man with a pension that refuses help from friends and keeps it honest .he is not walking around with hunreds in his pocket like people in hollywood that get paid for tipping off federal investigations to fellow officers.stefan get over to hollywood and focus your attention there, then again in 5 days granteed will be begging israel for a job once he gets demolished,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

bcconfidential
bcconfidential

Scott Israel will have Louis Granteed back to the Cheetah club sobbing in his beer when this primary is over.   Louis doesn't understand that he has to save the lies and nefarious behavior until AFTER the election.  Imagine him with a baton in his hand. Go Scott!  You've got this wrapped up.

intheknow
intheknow

Louis Granteed is the better candidate. period.

unowhooo
unowhooo topcommenter

 @intheknow

  In theknownothing......Louis Granteed will be lucky to be employed ,or for that matter possibly be behind bars for the coverup of theTom Sikes homicide .Let him try to defend himself when  asked why he did not have his investigators  arrest Neal Chambers for conspiracy to commit murder,as I brought witnesses forward to than lead investigator Gary Baney.I have a very credible witness that saw Tom fighting to escape  the front door (of the warehouse he worked in) and Neal Chambers (and a hitman inside) forcing him back inside  than" possibly" tortured by pouring gas down his throat (to find out about hidden money) and than shot.There is much more witnesses and evidence that will convict Neal Chambers and his mother Sharon Sikes of murder .I have been threatened intimidated  and stalked by Jeff Marano many times  which forced me to complain to the FBI on five occasions  that resulted in a mafia style sting that sent four corrupt officers to prison.I could go on all night regarding criminal with a badge Jeff Marano  but I thought after Marano was refired from HPD that Louis Granteed would consider atleast naming Neal as a suspect.Unfortunately he is still protecting his buddy exbrother in law Jeff Marano......makes you wonder what dirt Marano has on Louis..Just for the record I am no fan of Scott Israel or Al Lamberti my goal is to send the persons responsible for the coverup and muder of Thomas Dozier Sikes to prison ....period

Aberdeen
Aberdeen

 @abouttime83

 This post is written by the same Nut Job that posts on Bob Norman's blog as Unowhoo.  What is it with crazy people and blogging?  Go away Lunatic!

unowhooo
unowhooo topcommenter

 @Aberdeen

 Without naming names their is a writer for New Times who interviewed  my witnesses and friends of Tom Sikes and wrote a story about my investigation and HPD coverup.But because Louis Granteed and others would not name Neal Chambers as a suspect her lawyers would not let her print this story ,which would expose the HPD coverup and murder.

unowhooo
unowhooo topcommenter

 @Aberdeen

 Nut Job thats a first ,Let me ask you something if I have accused someone of murder Neal Chambers Sharon Sikes and of covering up a murder HPD than why have they not retaliated with a slander suit against  me ? Because every word I speak is the truth and can be verified by very credible witnesses etc.They also dont want exposure in the Justice system because that would actually speed up my quest to send all responsible to prison.If it were not for Jeff Marano,(president of PBA), Neal and his mother Sharon Sikesr would have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder many years ago Yes.I have been called tenacious ,but never crazy or a lunatic have a nice day....unowhooo

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