DANIA BEACH, Fla. -

Dania Beach politicians claim they were unaware of a colleague's illness when they recently moved to remove her from office. But when Local 10 News reporter Jeff Weinsier asked them to explain their decision on camera.  They ran.

Vice Mayor Chicke Strollo Brandimarte was in intensive care after intestinal surgery when her rivals did not excuse her absence from the commission June 24.

Investigation on political 'sick' move

THE MEDIA JUST YET. JASON MARTINEZ, LOCAL10. NOW. A TO A STORY YOU WILL SEE ABOUT THE VICE MAYOR OF DANIA BEACH WHO COULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE FOR MISSING A WHEAT MEETING WHILE IN THE HOSPITAL. THE VICE MAYOR IS IN THE BENCH CARE UNIT BUT A FELLOW EXTINGUISHES REFUSED TO EXCUSE HER ABSENCE TO THE LAST MEETING. LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER JEFF WEINSIER JOINS US LIVE IN DANIA BEACH TO EXPOSE THIS CONTROVERSY. Reporter: THE VICE MAYOR BELIEVES THAT SOME OF HER COLLEAGUES ARE USING HER ILLNESS AGAINST HER. POLITICAL INSIDERS WE TALKED TO SAY IF THIS IS TRUE, THIS IS THE LOWE'S OF LOW. ARE YOU SURPRISED THAT YOUR COLLEAGUES DID NOT EXCUSE YOUR ABSENCE FROM THE DAIS? I'M VERY OXIDES BECAUSE I IT WAS BEYOND MY CONTROL. Reporter: DANIA BEACH VICE MAYOR IS IN INTENSIVE CARAT A MEMORIAL REGIONAL. SHE'S BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL FOR OVER 17 DAYS AND MISSED THE LAST DANIA BEACH CITY COMMISSION MEETING. CITY CLERK, COULD YOU PLEASE CALL THE ROLL. Reporter: WHEN IT CAME TIME TO EXCUSE HER ABSENCE BECAUSE SHE IS WAS IN THE HOSPITAL -- THE VICE MAYOR WILL NOTE BE HERE TONIGHT. COULD I HAVE AN EXCUSED ABSENCE, PLEASE. SO MOVED. IS THERE A SECOND? MOTION DIES. Reporter: COMMISSIONER ALBERT JONES MADE THE MOTION TO EXCUSE THE VICE MAYOR BUT IT WAS NOT SECONDED BY MAYOR WALTER DUKE OR COMMISSIONER BOBBY GRACE, AND IT DIED. I CALL -- UNDER MY BREATH I SAID THIS IS ABOMINABLE FOR THEM TO NOT EXCUSE HER WHEN THEY KNOW THAT SHE'S THAT THE ON HER BACK. HERE'S. ISSUE. ACCORDING TO DANIA BEACH CITY CHARTER IF A COMMISSIONER HAS TWO UNEXCUSED ABSENCES BACK TO BACK, THEY CAN BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE. INSIDERS CLAIM DUKE AND GRACE ARE ALLIES AND THEY'RE USING THIS TO GET HER OUT. DO YOU THINK THEY'RE USING THIS, THOUGH, TO TRY TO GET YOU OFF THE DAIS? Y. , I DO. AT LEAST I'M THINKING I DIDN'T DO NOTHING WRONG. THAT'S WHAT KEEPS GOING OVER AND OVER IN MY HEAD. I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG. I WOULD THEY'RE BE THERE THAN HERE. Reporter: BOBBY GRACE WHO IS A CANCER SURVIVOR TOLD MOW BY PHONE IT WAS NO BIG DEAL, IT WAS NOT VIN DICK TV AND CLAIMS SHE DIDN'T KNOW. MAYOR WALTER DUKE REFUSED AN ON-CAMERA INTERVIEW. IN AN EMAIL HE TOLD ME "NEITHER THE CITY NORY MY OFFICE HAS BEEN NOTIFIED OF COMMISSIONER BRANDYMART'S EXCUSE FOR ABSENCES. AN EXCUSED ABSENCE SHOULD NOT BE AUTOMATIC." I KNEW THE VICE MAYOR WAS ILL. I MENTIONED IT AT A COUPLE OF MEETINGS. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO YOUR COLLEAGUES TODAY? I WOULDN'T DO IT BACK TO ANYBODY. TO GET EVEN, I WOULD NOT DO THAT. THE NEXT MEETING HERE SCHEDULED FOR JULY TWO 12-YEAR-OLDND. THE VICE MAYOR RIGHT NOW IS IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AT MEMORIAL REGIONAL. SHE TOLD US SHE DOESN'T KNOW IF SHE'S GOING TO BE WELL ENOUGH TO ATTEND THE NEXT MEETING AND THAT COULD BE HER SECOND UNEXCUSED ABSENCE IF THINGS DON'T CHANGE.

Dania Beach Mayor Walter Duke can remove Brandimarte, 77, from office if no one seconds motions to excuse her absence.

Commissioner Bobbie Grace, who is a cancer survivor, did not move to excuse Brandimarte. She said Weinsier's report on her decision -- which was recorded on camera and remains on the public record -- were false.

Sun Sentinel Columnist Michael Mayo lives in Dania Beach. His opinion: "When it comes to the city's politics, I feel mostly disgusted." Brandimarte told Mayo that Duke is playing dirty politics. He and Grace want to seize control of the commission until the November election.

Brandimarte was released from the hospital July 2 and is recovering at home. She plans on attending the July 22 meeting and on serving her term, which ends 2016.