Television camera crews swarmed the Herb Skolnick Center in Pompano Beach Tuesday afternoon looking for a fight.
But no one was talking.
An email from the Broward Sheriff’s Office at 1:32 p.m. on Tuesday alerted news media of a minor incident at the polling site located inside the Skolnick Center. Numerous poll observers, volunteers and electioneers were questioned by SFGN and local affiliates for CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox networks as to what transpired but no one would name names.
The Broward Supervisor of Elections office would only confirm one poll clerk representing the Democratic party and one poll clerk representing the Republican party were removed from the polling location for misconduct.
Meanwhile, local commissioner, Barry Moss, won re-election to the Pompano Beach Commission’s district five seat. Moss, an openly gay man, collected 4,617 votes (60 percent) to defeat challenger Daniel P. Diaz, who tallied 3,122 votes (40 percent).
“I am looking forward to two more years of keeping Pompano Beach moving in the right direction,” said Moss.
During the campaign, Diaz boasted of his endorsement by the Christian Family Association of Florida. In attaining that endorsement, Diaz promised to support marriage benefits as defined by one man and one woman.
SFGN reached out to Diaz for comment but he declined to respond to telephone messages. When approached outside of the Skolnick Center and asked how he would represent LGBT constituents, Diaz said, “I’m not going to answer that question.”
Pompano Beach’s district five includes the golf course community of Palm Aire, home to a sizable population of retired gay men. Russell Adams, a retiree from Massachusetts, said he’s known Moss since the sixth grade. The two grew up in Taunton, Massachusetts and worked professionally for many years in Washington, D.C.
“Barry represents everyone,” said Adams. “He is always working to get the city to pay more attention to us here in Palm Aire.”