South Florida is within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, however it’s clear that the race for who would be the Broward County Sheriff in late 2020 is up and operating.
For the second time in a handful of days, reviews surfaced on-line which can be questing how Sheriff Gregory Tony has dealt with himself.
The first within the Broward sheriff’s race is 4 months away. In whole there are 10 candidates, however the political consultants say it actually boils down to 2: former Sheriff Scott Israel and the present one — Gregory Tony.
On Tuesday morning Tony was coping with the hardest a part of any legislation enforcement commander’s job — saying the dying of certainly one of his workers. However behind the scenes throughout Broward, the political wheels are turning.
“It’s in full swing, and you’ve got two extremely controversial figures now operating for this workplace,” NBC 6 political analyst Carlos Curbelo mentioned.
Information present Israel has raised over $130,000 within the transfer to unseat Tony, who’s raised over $150,000.
Footage have now surfaced on-line of Tony in a washing swimsuit at what seems to be a celebration organized by a bunch that claims it throws erotic themed occasions. Firstly of the week, Tony was answering questions concerning the day he shot and killed a person when he was simply 14.
“I haven’t gone out with the hassle to see what I can discover in somebody’s background 27 years in the past,” Tony instructed NBC 6 on Sunday.
Tony says he was defending himself from a person who entered his house in a troublesome space of Philadelphia with a gun. He says he by no means revealed it on any legislation enforcement software as a result of he wasn’t arrested.
“There’s no arrest data,” Tony mentioned.
“It’s not like he’s my sheriff. I didn’t even know the man. It’s not like he was a political ally of mine,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned concerning the scenario.
DeSantis says the capturing by no means got here up earlier than he eliminated Israel and changed him with Tony.
“As a result of it was self-defense, I don’t assume it could have made a distinction, however it didn’t come up within the background examine as a result of he had by no means been charged,” DeSantis mentioned.
Tony thinks it is all about beneath the belt politics.
“Yea it’s. There isn’t a technique to dance round this. I attempt to not play politics. I do know that sounds absurd on a marketing campaign, however I’ve by no means take a look at what I can do to slander somebody’s character or integrity. I’ve based mostly all the things I’ve accomplished on my achievements and monitor file,” Tony mentioned.
Curbelo says Tony is getting a impolite awaking to the best way the political world works.
“It is a robust lesson for anybody who will get concerned in politics. Opposition analysis is a giant factor in politics. Individuals can be relentless about looking by means of your previous — looking by means of your data,” Curbelo mentioned.
There isn’t a indication Israel had something to do with the latest reviews about Tony. The police union who had a vote displaying no confidence in him additionally had no remark about them.
Curbelo says time will inform what Broward voters assume at a time many are out of labor and anxious for his or her well being.
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