Levi Williams, candidate for the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC) chairmanship, participated in another voter registration drive with numerous Democrat polticians including convicted Broward County Commissioner Joe Eggelletion. The 2006 voter registration drive was held at the Cafe Calypso in Lauderhill. A huge influx of voters during the 2006 election cycle helped Democrats regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives with Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. As REDBROWARD revealed last week, this is not the first time Williams joined forces with Democrats to register new voters.
In 2000, Levi Williams was the regional director for Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. According to a Sun-Sentinel report, Williams and Rainbow/Push Coalition played a major role in the Presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. The NAACP and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition “had run a massive voter registration campaign before Election Day that resulted in thousands of new voters in South Florida.” Williams was concerned so many votes from minority areas were disqualified.
“We were able to mobilize, but we didn’t have enough voter education programs to help people understand how to vote,” said Levi Williams, southern regional director of the Florida Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. “My greatest fear is with the large turnout that all this argument will only serve to discourage participation in the future.”
The 2006 voter registration event targeted Caribbean voters. A press release stated, “As you are aware, Broward County is the home to a large and diverse population. However, registered voters account for a fraction of that total. It is imperative that we unite together…and appeal to our growing community during this current election season.” The event was part of a two-hour radio broadcast by Andre Eggelletion. He is the brother of former County Commissioner Joe Eggelletion. In 2009, Andre Eggelltion was tied up in corruption investigation surrounding his brother.
Joe Eggelletion pleaded guilty to Federdal money laundering charges. He was released from prison in 2012.
BrowardBeat.com reported Joe Eggelletion received money from working on Dennis Bailey’s 2014 judicial campaign. Both men have close ties to controversial lobbyist Judy Stern.
Other Democrats attending the 2006 voter registration drive with Levi Williams included Hazelle Rogers, Levoyd Williams and Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes. One of the event’s sponsors, the Caribbean National Weekly, has ties to controversial County Commissioner Dale Holness.
Tonight, Broward Republicans can ask Levi Williams about these voter registration drives at the final BREC debate in Plantation. How many Republicans did these drives sign up? Did he attend any registration events without big name Democrats? Why didn’t Williams conduct voter registration drives with BREC during the 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 elections?