Former Mayor Tom Carney Calls For Investigation of Alleged Delray Misconduct
Former Mayor Tom Carney Calls for Full Investigation of Alleged Misconduct in Delray Beach.
Delray Beach, FL — The Sun Sentinel reported in an editorial that elected city officials and/or their campaign supporters pressured a female Haitian candidate to drop out of the race for city commission. The allegations included an offer of city land for a Haitian Community Center if Haitian candidate Anneze Barthelemy would drop out of the city commission race.
According to the Sun Sentinel editorial, City Commissioner Rob Long reportedly called a close associate of Barthelemy to urge her to get Barthelemy to drop out of the race and threatened that the Haitian community in Delray Beach would be “marginalized.” The Sun Sentinel obtained an email from Deputy Vice Mayor and candidate for mayor Ryan Boylston supporters Jennifer Jones and Colson Zulmar that was sent to Barthelemy on November 30. The email said that if Barthelemy would drop out they would support the Haitian center on Congress Avenue and provide funding for maintenance of the center.
A colleague of Barthelemy on the Volunteer Association and Fund for Florida, Pedro Raphael, resigned from his position, “calling the pressure campaign ‘outrageous and fraudulent’ according to the Sun Sentinel.
The Editorial raises troubling questions. A full ethics investigation is needed to look into exactly what was done and by whom.
Instead of (as reported) trying to pressure a minority woman to drop out of the race, we should be encouraging minorities to run for public office.”
Contact: Tom Carney Campaign
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