Yesterday, Broward voters did something Judge Steven B. Feren could not do, protect Broward’s children. In a stunning upset, political newcomer John Patrick Contini defeated Feren with more than 51% of the vote. When Feren, a longtime Democrat politician, asked for another six years on the bench, 50,322 Broward voters said “no.”
Sure, we could talk about the investigations into Feren’s political past, or his silly Twitter account, or the dozens of Democrat politicians who endorsed him, or the shameful endorsement from the Sun-Sentinel. We could talk about the palm cards with Contini’s name on it or which consultants won or which ones lost. But none of that really matters.
On the day after the election, while Team Contini celebrates and Team Feren weeps, a Broward air conditioning repairman still searches for his two-year old daughter. Judge Feren failed Robert Baumann when he gave joint custody of Lilly Baumann to her mother Megan Everett. Feren ignored the pictures, the videos, the testimony and all the warning signs. When Robert Baumann begged for justice, Feren told Everett to buy gun locks.
Robert Baumann thought Judge Feren would protect his daughter.
Within weeks, Lilly was gone. Abducted by her mother. Instead of an apology, Feren told Robert Baumann to hire a private investigator.
Robert Baumann is a hard working man in his twenties. He doesn’t have the resources to hire private eyes. He spends his days in hot attics and crawlspaces, scraping together money to fund his search for Lilly.
Broward voters made sure no more children will come before Judge Steven B. Feren. Democrats, Republicans, young and old, people of different faiths and ideologies set things right.
Today, Robert Baumann had a simple message for Broward voters, “Finally some justice. Now all I need is Lilly found.”