Scott Israel accused of deceptive advertising in Broward Sheriff race

Israel allegedly implied endorsements from two people who don't endorse him

The race for Broward County Sheriff is beginning to get a little testy. 

The Miami Herald reported Thursday that former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is being accused of deceptive marketing practices, and his chief opponent, incumbent Gregory Tony, is planning to retaliate with some tough advertising of his own.

The Herald reported that a mailer endorsing Israel has been criticized as misrepresentative, and two people pictured in the advertising are actually endorsing Israel’s opponent. 

According to the Herald, Max Schachter and Pastor Marcus Mcleod will publicly rebuke the Israel campaign in an for Tony. Schacter, the father of 14-year-old Alex Schachter, who was killed in the 2018 attack at Parkland High School, says in the ad that he does not support Israel.

“Scott Israel utterly failed to protect our community and children when he was sheriff. And now he’s using my picture to attack Gregory Tony, who I am supporting,” he said according to the Herald. “Scott Israel should have the decency to take my photo off his campaign ads and apologize to my family.”

Pastor Mcleod is similarly blunt, according to the Herald’s account. 

“I’m deeply offended that Scott Israel used my photo in his political advertisement to make it seem as if I and other Black leaders generally in our community support his candidacy. I do not,” he said.

Israel was removed from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis in January of last year and replaced by Tony, a former Coral Springs police office.

Spencer Fordin

Spencer Fordin grew up in Port Washington, N.Y. and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida. Before working for, he spent 16 seasons with and nearly three years as a general assignment reporter in the Cayman Islands. You can reach Spencer at [email protected].


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