BY BUDDY NEVINS
Broward’s most visible judge and a well-known campaign consultant are feuding publicly over an alleged campaign debt left over from the 2010 election.
Or was it all just a mistake, confusion over careless language on the Internet?
Broward County Judge Jay Hurley is well known as the judge where a criminal defendant first appears. Video of those arrested and appearing before Hurley is featured on TV news almost every night.
Hurley gets more face time on television than anyone in the courthouse. Now he is getting some additional publicity on Facebook.
The judge contends veteran political consultant Jack Shifrel has been making thinly-veiled allegations on Facebook. He claims Shifrel alleges that Hurley did not pay his consulting bill in the past campaign.
In addition to being a consultant, Shifrel is a long-time Democratic leader and is currently the party official in charge of Coconut Creek and Margate.
Hurley struck back last night at 10:08 p.m.
Jack: I feel the need to address you publicly on FB. You have made several thinly veiled allegations on FB alluding to your position that either me or my campaign owes you money. You are wrong. You were given several notices to submit invoices and you failed to do so in a timely manner. In fact, my campaign Treasurer indicates that you were paid in full regarding all invoices submitted. By law, my campaign account had to be closed by a certain date and that no further payments could be paid thereafter. You knew this, but still failed to submit invoices. It would be illegal to satisfy any invoices AFTER the closing of my campaign account. Hopefully, this clarifies the issue and you will refrain from future comments.
After this post appeared, Shifrel told Browardbeat.com that the entire matter was a “misunderstanding. I’ve got no problem with Jay Hurley at all. He did nothing to me.”
Shifrel said the two had been texting back and forth. The messages resulted in “confusion.”
“I wasn’t even Jay’s primary consultant,” Shifrel recalled. ”I gave him a little bit of advice, like where he should go and who he should see. ”
The lesson in this: Be careful what you write on the Internet.