The Sunday Morning Post
Let's go to the mailbag.
First we'll look at my exchange with Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler. Last week, I wrote that Seiler was aligned with campaign consultant and lobbyist Judy Stern. Then I wrote about Stern's support for the police union in contract negotiations with Seiler's city. Seiler should have known about his friend Stern's position on the issue, especially since he cast the decisive vote to give police and firemen a 5 percent raise this year and another 5 percent over the next two years.
But Seiler sent me the following email questioning Stern's involvement and asked me who told me she played a role. I wrote back telling him that I had learned that Stern was furious with Charlotte Rodstrom's vote against the contract and asked him, "Did [Stern] ever speak to you about it?"
It was a simple question, right? Here's Seiler's reply:
First, I suspect that thousands of citizens backed the police and fire unions contracts and thousands of citizens opposed the police and fire unions contracts, and I probably communicated with hundreds on both sides of the issue over the last fifteen months.
Second, I communicated with
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hundreds of citizens about the potential and actual pension reforms in both labor contracts over the last fifteen months.
Third, I communicated with dozens of elected city and county officials throughout the state about our labor contracts, their labor contracts, the need for pension reforms, etc. over the last fifteen months.
Fourth, I communicated with a few rank and file members of the fire and police unions (very limited and non-specific unscheduled discussions, i.e. at city events, at ceremonies, etc.) about the labor contracts, employee morale, etc. over the last fifteen months.
Despite the foregoing, I don't have any recollection of ever discussing the labor contract terms with Judy Stern.
The only people, other than the dozen or so members of our
-- I also was copied this email from Patti Lynn, a Democratic activist from Tamarac who is one of the true-blue corruption fighters in Broward County. It concerns the groundswell among the political elite to appoint lobbyist Norman Ostrau as inspector general of Broward County, should that position be created. Lynn sent it to the entire Broward County Commission.
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