As I am sure you all know, Dr. Mendelson and Ryan Petty lost the Broward County School Board Race yesterday. It was a tragic loss, not for them, but for this community. After losing 17 souls, having many injured and thousands traumatized at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, our voters apparently thought the School District was doing a fine job and voted almost all incumbents back in. Does that seem strange to you? Because it does to me.
It also seems strange that the number of voters in Parkland were barely noticeable. Of all the people in the world, one would think that the Parkland voters would be out in droves to support their school, their students, their teachers, their community and the 17 families who lost a loved in the Parkland massacre. I don't believe the people of Parkland don't care. I don't believe the people in Parkland are that callous. I believe something is really wrong here.
Now let me address the 17 families directly because I know they are suffering again with this bitter defeat and I cannot imagine their pain and disappointment at what appears to be yet just another slap in the face of people who have lost so much. DO NOT SEE THIS AS THE AGONY OF DEFEAT. SEE THIS FOR WHAT IT IS. THE LOSS OF ONE SCHOOL BOARD RACE. WE ARE NOT FINISHED, THIS IS NOT DONE AND WE DIDN'T COME THIS FAR TO BACK DOWN NOW. YOUR LOVED ONES DESERVE JUSTICE, THEY DESERVE TO HAVE THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR DEATH AND INJURIES HELD ACCOUNTABLE. WE HAVE TO PURSUE WITH A VENGEANCE THAT PROMISE TO THEM.
I have warned all of you over and over again that there is a mass corruption problem in Broward county in many areas including local police departments. The School Board, BTU, the Broward Sheriff's Office, the Supervisor of Elections, just to name a few, are part of that corruption problem. It is time for us to take the gloves off and stop being polite. We are dealing with a well organized, long standing corrupt political machine.
There are many things we can do to stop the corruption in this County, hold the people accountable who are responsible for the MSD tragedy and start putting the corrupt politicians in jail where they belong. Winning a school board race is meaningless if you are looking at an indictment. That is all I am going to say for now.
But I want everyone of you who thinks we are defeated to STOP, STEP BACK, AND REGROUP. We are in it to win it. It is not a one time and done process and never was.
KEEP THE FAITH. WE SHALL OVERCOME! LOVE YOU ALL, CATHY