UPDATE: KRAFT ORDERED HELD IN CUSTODY. From the Sun-Sentinel: Kraft wept in relief when two not guilty verdicts were read, then appeared stunned and wept more when the conviction on official misconduct was announced. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years. Destry immediately ordered Kraft held in custody pending her sentencing. “My mother!” Kraft said through tears. Defense lawyer Ken Padowitz urged the judge to reconsider jailing Kraft, explaining that the defendant’s mother is in hospice care and not expected to live much longer. Destry expressed his regrets but did not change his mind. ORIGINAL STORY: It took less than a day for a jury to reach a verdict in the public corruption trial of former Broward School Board member Stephanie Kraft. She was found guilty of official misconduct, just one of the four charges she faced. Kraft beat the charges of unlawful compensation and bribery. Developing….
Christine Butler won a landslide victory in the election for chair of the Broward Republican Executive Committee. On Monday evening, Butler and her slate of officers, (Bob Sutton, Celeste Ellich and Roger Gingerich) easily beat the competition to lead the Broward GOP. Butler replaces outgoing chairman Tom Truex. Christine Butler received 116 votes from the 215 BREC members present. Self-proclaimed tea party leader Karin Hoffman was a distant second with 66 votes. Levi Williams, the handpicked choice of Chip LaMarca, barely made a dent in the race with just 33 votes. Even with his ties to Democrats like the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Williams was favored by the eastside Republican establishment. Butler was endorsed by local leaders such as State Rep. George Moraitis and Plantation Councilman Jerry Fadgen. In a speech to BREC members, Karin Hoffman recognized the role REDBROWARD played in her electoral defeat. Thanks for the kind words, Karin.
At last Thursday’s Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC) candidate debate, one question posed by the audience dealt with whether any of the candidates had a “conflict of interest” or had ever been a “lobbyist.” Chair candidate Levi Williams scoffed at the question. Williams said, ” [The question] doesn’t make sense!” He tried to explain the only conflict was the amount of time he would have to spend away from his family. Williams never revealed his role as a lobbyist with the North Broward Hospital District (Broward Health). At the same debate, Williams complained that REDBROWARD failed to highlight his positive stories. Williams urged the audience to check out his “500 Google hits.” We took Williams up on his offer. Here’s a Google hit from September 2001. Williams’ lobbying contract with Broward Health was not renewed. He complained and found support from a controversial Democrat State Senator. According the Sun-Sentinel, “The North