BY BUDDY NEVINS
Sheriff Al Lamberti continues to roll up endorsements.
But do they mean anything?
Lamberti’s received an early endorsement from The Florida Carpenters Regional Council and The Carpenters Local 79, which claims membership of 4,000 across the state.
How many are in Broward? The figure is not mentioned in the news release from the Lamberti campaign.
My assumption is that union carpenters are as rare in Broward as snow.
So far Lamberti has gotten endorsements from a collection of Republican-leaning unions like the Teamsters and Fraternal Order of Police.
(I always believed that unions endorsing Republicans was just a cut above Jews endorsing Nazis. The GOP is dedicated to destroying collective bargaining rights and gutting employee benefits, so why unions would endorse any Republican is beyond me.)
Then there is the Broward 10-13 Club, which consists of former New York City cops. This club is headed by Alan Berkowitz.
Berkowitz is Lamberti’s public-paid glad hander. I see him everywhere at Lamberti’s side, picking up an award from Hasidic Jews for the sheriff or schmoozing with condo leaders.
Alan Berkowitz (without beard) picks up award for Lamberti from Chabad of South Broward
He’s a nice guy, but with him at the helm of the 10-13 Club its no wonder why the group endorsed Lamberti. The Democratic candidates didn’t exactly have a fair shot.
This is not to say Lamberti doesn’t deserve to be re-elected. The Democratic candidates are both flawed.
Louis Granteed and Scott Israel have given voters no real reason why we should vote for them instead of Lamberti. Or at least I haven’t heard of a reason.
And if I haven’t heard of any compelling reason to dump the sheriff, who has? I am surely more engaged than the average voter.
Here is Lamberti’s latest news release:
Sheriff Lamberti Receives Endorsement From The Florida Carpenters Regional Council and The Carpenters Local 79
For Immediate Release March 28th, 2012
Broward County, FLA.- Sheriff Lamberti has received yet another early endorsement for his re-election in November. This month,
The Florida Carpenters Regional Council and The Carpenters Local 79 endorsed Sheriff Lamberti. Within the local area, The Florida Carpenters Regional Council has a membership of 800 carpenters and over 4,000 union members in the State of Florida.
Workers Compensation Insurance Fraud has been on the rise and Sheriff Lamberti has worked closely with The Carpenters Union over the past year to combat this important issue. This issue creates an “unleveled playing field” allowing unscrupulous carpenters to underbid construction job and at the same time exposing workers to financial disaster if insured while on the job.
The Florida Carpenters Regional Council believes and stands behind that Sheriff Lamberti should remain the Sheriff of Broward County and looks forward in the opportunity in continuing to work alongside him to combat Workers Compensation Insurance Fraud and many other important issues that affect the union.
Sheriff Lamberti has also received the Endorsements from:
- Greater Ft. Lauderdale Board of Realtors
- Latino Officers Association
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 769
- The Hispanic Vote
- Fraternal Order of Police, Broward Sheriff’s Lodge 32
- Broward 10-13 Club