The Trump effect is trickling down ballot in Pompano Beach where a candidate for city commission has resorted to name calling.
Daniel P. Diaz, who is challenging Commissioner Barry Moss for the district five seat, is referring to Moss as “Lazy Moss” in Facebook postings.
“Lazy Moss supports taking the benediction — regardless of the faith represented —out of the Commission meeting agenda. If Lazy Moss won’t allow your faith to be represented, what else will he ignore?,” reads a posting on the Facebook page Daniel P. Diaz for City Commission.
Moss, who is gay, was elected to Pompano Beach Commission in 2014, filling the seat of retiring commissioner George Brummer. District five covers western Pompano Beach, including the community of Palm Aire, where Moss serves on the executive board of Palm Aire United.
When reached for comment Tuesday afternoon by SFGN, Moss said Diaz’s campaign had reached a new low.
“It’s kind of pathetic for him to go into the gutter like this,” Moss said.
Referring to Moss as “Lazy Moss” is clearly a tactic from the Donald Trump playbook. During his Presidential campaign, Trump has called rivals, “Crooked Hillary,” “Lyin’ Ted,” “Little Marco,” and “Crazy Bernie.”
Despite the name-calling, Diaz is endorsed by the Christian Family Association of Florida. In earning that endorsement, Diaz pledged to support marriage benefits as defined by one man and one woman.
“I think he’s homophobic and out of his league,” said Moss.
Moss worked for 23 years as a real estate appraiser in Washington, D.C. and served on the staffs of U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island and U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentson of Texas.