BY BUDDY NEVINS
Broward Mayor Ken Keechl has trouble a possible challenge to his re-election and an investigation into possible campaign wrongdoing.
At least two candidates are considering running against the mayor this year in the wake of the negative publicity concerning his campaign spending.
Law enforcement authorities have launched an investigation into Keechl’s campaign, according to several sources.
Sun-Sentinel columnist Mike Mayo noted in a scathing piece that Keechl was unopposed. Yet he “rang up 88 restaurant meals on his campaign’s dime last year worth $7,451.
Keechl is also paying his domestic partner $27,900 for rent on a campaign office they co-own in Wilton Manors, nearly $3,500 for airfare and hotel to attend a gay rights political conference in San Francisco, $2,000 in petty cash and more than $1,000 at local wine stores, Mayo wrote.
And Keechl is the guy who claimed he would be “The Ethics Mayor“!
Mayo had this reader laughing at Keechl here. Being laughed at is never a good thing for a candidate.
Mayo’s column, and the other negative publicity, has changed Keechl’s image overnight.
His re-election was seen as inevitable. He is now seen as vulnerable.
I’m sworn to secrecy.
I can’t write any more about the investigation. Or who the would-be candidates are.
But one potential candidate looking at the race is a veteran office holder in Keechl’s northeast Broward district.
Another potential candidate is being supported by some of Broward’s leading Democrats.
The anti-Keechl campaigns won’t get launched unless there is a realistic chance of victory. There is a lot going on quietly at this point — sounding out support and rounding up promises for future donations.
Beating Keechl won’t be easy, but his profligate spending has made it easier. He already has used up one-third of his $333,000 in campaign money.