BY BUDDY NEVINS
Tammy Wynette sang the 1968 country ballad “Stand By Your Man”.
Maybe Dania Beach Commissioner Walter Duke is tone deaf and that’s why he could only issue a news release.
Still, the highly unusual release could be titled “Stand By Your Woman”.
Duke issued the release to rebut allegations that wife Lisa Duke, a political consultant, was behind the voting fraud that is being investigated by the State Attorney’s Office.
Lisa Duke (from her Facebook page)
Apparently there has been a whispering campaign labeling her the target of the probe into phony absentee ballots.
Duke put his foot down and took up his pen…or his computer.
He issued a threat to the media and his wife’s critics:
“There are those in our community who would intentionally misrepresent the facts in an effort to attack me personally. I would remind all of them that my wife ia a private person and those that recklessly slander or defame my wife may face some very serious personal and financial consequences.”
It all stems from a TV report last week by Channel 10 reporter Jeff Weinsier. He said that Lisa Duke had turned in six absentee ballots in the 2011 city election which were cast by five felons and a dead person.
But according to Walter Duke “at no time was my wife a suspect in this investigation.”
What’s interesting is that for years political gossips have alleged that Dania Beach is a hotbed of absentee ballot fraud.
I once even wrote a story about how Dania Beach had more absentee ballots thrown out for fake signatures and ineligible voters than all the rest of Broward combined. That story was written roughly 40 years ago and it is apparently still going on. Which proves to me there is really nothing new about Broward’s political corruption.
That it is happening in Dania Beach should surprise no one. Like many small cities, Dania Beach is a caldron of overheated politics. There are factions and feuds that go back years. It is a city hall where age-old snubs never seem to be forgotten.
Here is the unusual news release (click to enlarge):