John Sims, Cooper City Commissioner Who Posted Racist Obama Message on Facebook, Says He's Sorry

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John Sims: Re-poster of racist comments

Last week we told you about a stereotype-filled racist Obama "joke" posted on Facebook by Cooper City City Commissioner John Sims.

He took the comments down from his Facebook page, but through the magic and wizardry of the Internetz, the world was still able to see what Sims wrote:

"Just wanted to let you I received my 2013 Social Security Stimulus Package. It contained two tomato seeds, cornbread mix, two discount coupons to KFC, an 'Obama Hope & Change' bumper sticker, a prayer rug, a machine to blow smoke up my ass and a 'Blame it on Bush' poster for the front yard. The directions were in Spanish. Yours should arrive soon."

A real delight, this guy.

Well, turns out his colleagues and fellow commissioners didn't take too kindly to Sims' comments and took turns ripping him at a city meeting last night.

Mayor Greg Ross: "The phone calls asked me to please ask Commissioner Sims to resign or in fact to fire him."

Commissioner Lisa Mallozzi: "The comment was vile offensive it reminds me of a Neanderthal comment because it's just very backwards and it was not in good taste."

Jeff Green (the only minority member of the commission): "All of the residents of Cooper City expect better of their elected officials."

Resident Gabriel De Gedeon: "Commissioner Sims, you are stereotyping African Americans based on religion. You shouldn't be up there."

Former commissioner Gladys Wilson, showed support for Sims, saying: "You each live in glass houses. Big glass houses!"

You shouldn't criticize people being racist because, you're racist too! Err... something.

Anyway, Sims, who thanked his wife sitting in the audience, offered an emotional apology:

"To those who were genuinely offended I offer my deepest and sincerest apology without reservation. I will continue to work equally well for all people in Cooper City regardless of ethnicity, religion, or social status."


Sims also issued an apology via email:

"I recently re-posted and shared a parody of political satire on my personal Facebook page of which I was not the author, one which had been circulating around the internet for some time.

I did not write the words, and my hastily shared post was done simply as a humorous commentary. I deeply regret that I failed to consider that some might find it offensive.

Although political satire is not a crime, what I copied and re-posted was in poor taste and was apparently offensive to some people.

I unequivocally state that there was absolutely no intention whatsoever on my part that the re-posting would be offensive to, or directed at anyone.

To those who were genuinely offended, I offer my deepest and sincerest apology without reservation and ask for your pardon and reconciliation.

Additionally, I apologize to the citizens that I have served well in Cooper City, the city staff, my colleagues on the dais, as well as my diverse family and friends.

Rest assured that I will continue to serve our city well, working for its betterment, and I will continue to work equally well for all people in Cooper City regardless of ethnicity, religion or social status.

Commissioner John Sims"

So basically, none of this was really Sims' fault. Because of satire, you see. So it's cool. Plus, the joke was so full of the funny, that he was super excited to share it with everyone. Because black people eat cornbread. And everyone speaks Spanish now. HILARIOUS, no? And a terrible stereotypical joke about prayer rugs that masks hidden racists feelings towards Muslims and the President of the United States is apparently offensive to some people. So Sims is really sorry and everything. So, there.

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I voted for John Sims in the last election.   I would not vote for him again after this.  An elected official needs to be held to certain standards and should know better then to post anything like that on his Facebook or website...whether it was a joke or not it should never of been posted.  I won't trust my vote to someone who has that sort of judgement.  The apology was a little to late for me and seems disingenuous in my opinion.  He should of issued an apology right away, not a week later.


I don't live in Cooper City, but if I did I would be concerned about having an elected official who did not realize his ridiculous joke might be "offensive to some people". John Sims is not a child. High school kids say racist things on twitter and get called out by Gawker, but John Sims should know better. If he really has this little understanding about our society, he is not qualified to hold an elected position.



Cooper City Commissioner John Sims once assaulted a pregnant woman.

Sims was arrested and plead guilty to Aggravated Battery for assaulting a pregnant woman and was sentenced to two years of probation. See Miami Dade 11th Circuit Court Criminal Case No.: 91-5433.

Sims was found to be in violation of the terms of his probation and was then ordered to serve an additional two years of probation. See Miami-Dade Circuit Court Case Criminal Case No.: 91-5433.

Court determined that Sims failed to pay child support in the amount of $25,647.10, and legal fees in the amount of $15,882.79. See Miami-Dade 11th Circuit Court, Case No. 91-36013FC24.

Sims threatened a BSO Deputy while a Code Enforcement Officer was trying to serve two code violations on a neighbor. See Miami Herald Article (1/25/07).

From the Court ordered evaluation:

Mr. Sims has been attending the Domestic Intervention Program since June, 1991. He continues to justify his violent actions and blames his wife for his abusive behavior. Mr. Sims has a great deal of hostility towards his wife and the justice system. He has been unable to work through this anger so as to make progress in therapy. He has maintained a very negative and sarcastic attitude throughout his treatment.

Therefore, it is our professional opinion that Mr. Sims has reached maximum potential in therapy at this time. However, he still remains at high risk for becoming physically violent again in the future. The protection and well-being of his wife and new baby should be the utmost priority of the Court at this tine.Learn more about Cooper City Commissioner John Sims.

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