A campaign doorhanger distributed at the Broward Democrat Labor Day picnic makes it clear race will play a major factor in the Broward County Commission District 2 race. Near the end of the Labor Day picnic at Pompano Beach Community Park, two volunteers distributed a doorhanger for the Mark Bogen campaign. The front of the hanger listed Bogen’s website and the disclaimer indicating it had been paid for and approved by the Bogen campaign. However the man pictured on the piece was not Mark Bogen.
Under the “Elect Mark Bogen for County Commissioner, Putting People First” banner is a smiling, middle-aged African American male. Mark Bogen is a middle-aged white guy from Wellington, Florida. A quotation under the picture reads, “Our Community Needs Mark Bogen On The County Commission!” The quote is followed by the name “Kenny M. Davis.”
The back of the mail piece is entitled a “Message From Business Owner Kenny Davis About Mark Bogen.” The mailer states Bogen is “Also Endorsed by Commissioner Woody Poitier.” Bogen is not pictured on either side of the mail piece.
Davis, a Lauderhill businessman, has supported controversial County Commission Dale Holness and other politicians. He serves as a member of the Lauderhill Housing Authority.
Is the Bogen campaign trying to fool African American voters?
This type of shameful racial pandering was utilized by Broward Circuit Court candidate Dennis Bailey in the recent primary. Bailey produced a palm card featuring Martin Luther King, Jr. which was distributed to African American audiences. Bailey gave white audiences a palm card with his picture. When confronted by the media, Bailey gave feeble excuses and referred questions to his campaign manager, Judy Stern.
Bogen has tried to fool Broward voters before. Last November, a published report revealed Bogen appeared to be purchasing Facebook “likes” to convey a false sense of popularity. Bogen, a Democratic attorney, was extremely popular in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Another report showed Bogen was playing residency games in an attempt to qualify for the commission race. Article II, Section 2.01 A(3) of the Broward County Charter clearly states each commissioner “must be a resident of the particular district upon election.” Bogen’s Wellington home is more than 26 miles away from the closest Broward County city. His home is more than 43 miles away from the Broward County Government Center. Then, Bogen claimed to live in the age-restricted Wynmoor condominiums.