Coral Springs, FL – January 28 2006 : Fort Lauderdale’s daily newspaper, the Sun Sentinel has uncovered a plot by a certain Coral Springs resident to try to influence the upcoming March elections for Mayor. In a remarkable piece of undercover ‘Deep Throat’ type of reporting, Sun Sentinel’s Buddy “the gadfly” Nevins, found out that typing in www.johnsommerer.com links the infamous site Coralsprings.com. “How can that be?” Buddy said to himself, and proceeded to contact Scott Brook who is running for mayor. In an apparent plea bargaining and lack of any sort of intestinal fortitude, and not wanting to associate himself with anything that has to do with ‘smarts’ Scott quickly fingered Howard Melamed editor of Coralsprings.com. What a scandal! What a scoop! What…..wait a minute. Who really cares?
From Sun Sentinel’s Buddy Nevins Column of January 28 2006:
“Coral Springs Commissioner Scott Brook says he wasn’t responsible for an Internet dirty trick that transferred anyone clicking on johnsommerer.com. to electscottjbrook.com. Former Mayor John Sommerer is Brook’s opponent. Turns out, the trickster was Brook’s supporter Howard Melamed. At last click, anyone seeking johnsommerer.com lands on Melamed’sCoralsprings.com.”
Here is Bud’s email:
From: Nevins, Buddy
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 8:23 AM
Subject: A couple of questions
Howard Melamed: Scott Brook says you were behind the move which sent Internet users seeking johnsommerer.com to be switched to electscottjbrook.com. True? The Internet users are now transferred to Coralsprings.com. Any reason for that?
Political Columnist/Writer South Florida
Sun-Sentinel 200 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33322
I cannot confirm or deny that I am the brains behind the johnsommerer.com to ‘Coralsprings.com scandal’. When I was searching to put everyone candidate’s link on the www.coralsprings.com website I entered johnsommerer.com and found that it went nowhere. I looked it up and to my surprise it was available. Four dollars later I bought it and pointed it to Scott’s site as sort of a statement. In this day and age of the internet, a candidate that does not even have a website, or want to spend four bucks on it, or doesn’t even know how to do it, is not someone anyone should vote for.
Scott had nothing to do with it nor the balls to sit back and have a good laugh at it as well. I had mentioned it to him one morning at Starbucks and we both had a good laugh. He sent me an email saying that he was uncomfortable with it and asked if I can point it somewhere else. Obviously he has future political ambitions other than being king of Coral Springs.
Meanwhile, there really is no harm done since no one really knows to enter johnsommerer.com . It is a fresh domain name so no search engines pick it up, and , as you know in Coral Springs, less than 5000 people will show up at the March election to vote. Other than me spreading the rumor, and now you talking about it, the world of influence concerning the johnsommerer.com is truly a small one. I question the sphere of influence that Coralsprings.com has concerning the johnsomerererererereerer.com website and the so called select few voting internet users in Coral Springs seeking more information on John. After all, he was Mayor for 10 years. If they don’t know him by now, he doesn’t deserve their vote.
Feel free to call me to discuss this or anything else.
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