Scott Israel Defeats Al Lamberti for Broward Sheriff

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Move over, Broward County.

There's a new sheriff in town.

Al Lamberti lost his bid for reelection to Scott Israel as Broward sheriff.

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- Al Lamberti Mystery Emailers Remind Voters of the Sheriff's Shady Past

Around 10:30 Tuesday night, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, Israel had a 53.31 percent t 46.69 percent lead over Lamberti. Israel declared himself the winner in front of a raucous crowd of supporters in Davie.

"I thank my kids, my in-laws, this beautiful lady, I thank my wife, just thank everybody," he said.

Lamberti and Israel ran against each other in 2008, but Lamberti won, making him the only elected Republican official in Democratically strong Broward County.

Lamberti based his bid for reelection on promises of decreasing the number of pill mills and battling identity theft.

Overall, this was a race marred by attack ads and mud slinging. A video appeared on YouTube alleging Israel had an affair and forced the woman to have an abortion.

Israel promised more diversity in the BSO -- something that had dogged Lamberti throughout his tenure as the top cop. In recent days, emails and YouTube videos from an unknown group highlighting Lamberti's shady job history began to crop up.

Although Lamberti made numerous public appearances and made promises to keep things nonpartisan, it seems that his crooked ways finally caught up with him -- including his connections to Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.

As Israel declared victory in front of about a hundred volunteers and supporters last night, Lamberti refused to concede.

But the writing's on the wall.

Lamberti's done.

"Reducing crime, enhancing the quality of life, diversifying the work force. And keeping kids out of jail," Israel told his supporters during his victory party.




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Slackology
Slackology

Good riddance, lamberti.... You are a criminal.

mtrudel
mtrudel

Now it's time for Broward PBA to go.

sflaLC
sflaLC

I absolutely hate what Broward has done with their police force. Never in my life have  felt victimized so much by BSO. You can put in your complaints as much as you want and Al Lamberti will call you up and explain how you, the citizen, was in the wrong  BUT your complaint was about a disrespectful "cop". I voted Scott in and so did my family for the sake of just relieving the issues of BSO's corruption, profiling, and outright racism. I always thank my lucky stars for living in Margate and dealing with Margate's finest whenever I need help. I would never want a BSO cop to show up at my doorstep even in time of need! Congrats Mr. Israel!

cowboys2009
cowboys2009

Corruption and cop misconduct in Broward is at the highest of the list......i am going to him personaly , i have a case for him already....and against 3 PPines cops for misconduct...

debglee
debglee

I am just hoping he Deals with the Corruption ... I am so Upset being a Taxpayer that was Victimized by Thieves and Than By BSO .... My Opinion Bull S*it Org. ... GOOD LUCK

 

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

Can't be worse. Al's hubris and arrogance caught up with him.

INPAIN
INPAIN

HEY BIG AL, THANK GOD SCOTT BEAT YOU. YOUR NOTHING BUT A CORRUPT PIECE OF GARBAGE. NOW YOU CAN TURN TO YOUR ORGANIZED CRIME BUDDIES FOR A JOB. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND AND YOUR TURN WAS YESTERDAY!!!! YOU DON'T PUT INNOCENT PEOPLE IN JAIL FOR POLITICAL GAIN. YOU DON'T THINK THE COMMUNITY NOTICED THE MASSIVE FAKE ARRESTS YOU MADE DURING THE CAMPAIGN SEASON. LET ME KNOW HOW UNEMPLOYMENT AND FOOD STAMPS WORK OUT FOR YOU. GREAT JOB SCOTT ISRAEL!!!!!!

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