Did Levi Williams intentionally mislead the audience at last night’s Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC) debate regarding his support of Democrats? Williams and the other BREC chair candidates were asked if they had ever supported a Democrat candidate. BREC vice chair Christine Butler, Karin Hoffman and Chris Leggatt all said no. Levi Williams, a local attorney, gave a more Clinton-esque answer.
Williams told the audience that anyone who has voted for a judge or school board candidate has probably voted for a Democrat. Even though these races are non-partisan, most candidates join the Democrat party in order to win support of Broward’s large Democrat voter base. So. Williams stated he has voted for Democrats in judicial and school board races.
Levi Williams failed to mention his campaign contribution to Barack Obama’s Florida Caribbean Vote Director who ran as a Democrat in a partisan race.
In 2002, Alain Jean ran for the Florida House of Representatives as a Democrat. According to State of Florida records, Levi Williams gave a $200 contribution to the Alain Jean campaign. Jean has a very Democrat resume. In 2009, Bob Norman gave Jean’s credentials when he was considered for an appointment to the County Commission by Governor Charlie Crist:
You’ve probably never heard of [Alain Jean], but he’s been working and running in Broward political circles for years, often on the losing side. A former president of Broward Young Democrats, Jean was beaten in his bid for the District 93 House seat in 2006 by Perry Thurston. Jean was also defeated in a 2002 bid for State House 94. If you need any more Democratic bona fides, he’s a former congressional aide to U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and served for a year as the public affairs administrator for former Supervisor of Elections Miriam Oliphant. Speaking of fallen Broward politicians, Jean also served as the governmental affairs director for former Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne.
Levi Williams applied for the same appointment to fill the County Commission seat vacated by the arrest of Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion. Yesterday, REDBROWARD reported Williams attended a 2006 Caribbean Voter Drive with Eggelletion and other Democrats. Was Barack Obama’s Caribbean Vote Director there too?
Alain Jean wasn’t the only Broward Democrat to receive financial support from Levi Williams.
In 2010, Williams gave a $100 contribution to judicial candidate Frantz Jahra McLawrence. even though he lost the 2010, McLawrence was running this year. In August, REDBROWARD reported campaign finance reports, candidate websites and social media posts showed County Commissioner Dale Holness played a role in the campaign of Frantz Jahra McLawrence. He ran against Judge Lynn Rosenthal in the August 26h primary for circuit court. Once again, Holness enlisted the help of his daughter Damara Holness in his political hijinks.
Campaign records filed with the Broward Supervisor of Elections office show contributions from Holness and his daughter to Frantz Jahra McLawrence. On July 1, 2014 McLawrence received a $200 contribution from Dale Holness and a $150 contribution from Damara Holness. McLawrence’s official campaign treasurer’s report lists Damara Holness’ address as 4019 N.W. 37th Avenue in Lauderdale Lakes.
This Lauderdale Lakes address is the home of Broward County Commission District 2 write-in candidate Tyron Francois. The presence of Francois in the District 2 race closed the primary to all non-Democrat voters. On June 23, RED BROWARD reported Francois did not live in District 2. Florida election law requires write-in candidates to live in the district as of qualifying. The qualification date was June 20, 2014.
McLawrence lost his race against Rosenthal. In order to win her race, Rosenthal paid more than $51,000 to her political consultant. Of course, being that this is Broward County, Rosenthal’s high-priced campaign consultant was Alain Jean. Other Democrats, such as Broward State Attorney Mike Satz, have used Alain Jean’s campaign services.
Also at last night’s debate, Levi Williams said he had made “tens of thousands of dollars” in contributions to Republican causes. A review of the Federal Elections database shows since 2000, Williams has made $1,250 in contributions. In 2000, Williams gave $1,000 to George W. Bush. In 2004, he gave $250 to Connie Mack.
A review of the State of Florida elections database shows Williams made less than $4,400 in contributions.
Did Levi Williams forget about his support of Alain Jean? Perhaps.
But, as REDBROWARD reported, Williams “forgot” to mention he was the regional director for Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. Williams “forgot” all about his official title when crafting his online resume which shows he has been “recognized” by Rainbow PUSH.
REDBROWARD reported Levi Williams “forgot” to mention his role as legal counsel for charter school foundations tied to the for-profit Charter Schools USA group in Fort Lauderdale. The Charter school group is affiliated with several former BREC leaders including Shane Strum, Cindy Guerra, Ken Haiko and Ed Pozzuoli. In 2013, Haiko and the CSUSA allies blocked BREC members from passing an anti-Common Core resolution.
What else is Levi Williams forgetting to tell BREC members?