Criminal charges don't stop endorsements

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In the frenzy of this last week of political season, campaign pitches are getting more desperate. Best advice is to be a skeptic -- even when it comes to school board endorsements. 

Former Broward School Board Member Stephanie Kraft sent out an email blast of her endorsements on Sunday. Problem is she forgot to mention in them that she's currently facing felony corruption charges for allegedly selling out the public to dirty developers Bruce and Shawn Chait.

Who's going to be endorsing next? Joe Eggelletion? Heck maybe we ought to hear who the Chaits think we ought to vote for -- they certainly became close with a lot of politicians when they were peddling their controversial golf course development in Tamarac.

Those who've been endorsed by Kraft can't be thrilled. Here's the accused crook's cheerful email:

From: Stephanie Kraft <>
Date: October 28, 2012, 4:12:42 PM EDT
To: undisclosed recipients: ;
Subject: Information

Hello drama friends!

Just wanted to let you know that early voting will be ongoing all week, from 7 am - 7 pm, every day until November 3rd. Lines are supposed to be long on election day, so you may want to go early. You can vote either at the Coral Springs library (near the Charter School) or the library in Tamarac on Commercial Boulevard. There are also other locations throughout the county.  It doesn't matter where you vote during early voting.

If you do, I'd appreciate it if you would consider voting for my friends Shelly Solomon for School Board in District 4 (my old seat) and Robin Bartleman and Donna Korn for the two at-large, county-wide School Board seats.  I served with Robin, and I've worked with Donna on various school board issues, and they are both very knowledgeable and caring individuals who would be a tremendous asset on the School Board.  

I'd also appreciate it, if you live in Coral Springs, if you would consider voting for my friends Vince Boccard for Mayor and Dan Daley for City Commission. They are both great guys.  Vince has served as our City Commissioner for the past two terms, and is now running for Mayor, to replace Roy Gold, whose term is over, and Dan Daley is a young go-getter who most recently was our State Representative Ari Porth's legislative aide so he brings a tremendous knowledge of state and local issues to our commission.  

School Board, Mayor and City Commission seats are non-partisan, so regardless of party affiliation, these are the best choices, in my humble opinion! 

People have asked me about the judges and the amendments. I voted YES to retain all the judges, and NO to all the amendments. Despite their titles, many of the amendments take money away from our public schools, so read them carefully. ... Regardless of whether we are on the same page with this election, it is important to get out there and VOTE this year!! 


Stephanie Kraft