by Mike DeForest,
Council member to be ‘ousted’ from seat after opponent challenged election results
EATONVILLE, Fla. – More than 19 months after Tarus Mack was certified the winner of an Eatonville Town Council election, a judge has ordered Mack to be removed from his position due to evidence uncovered by his opponent suggesting votes were illegally cast or procured.I was very ecstatic,” Marlin Daniels said, who learned this week he had prevailed in his lawsuit challenging the election results. “Immediately I said, ‘Let’s get to work.’ We have to fix things that have been going wrong in this historic town and make things right, not for me, but for the people.”
Days after a judge ruled Daniels was entitled to the Eatonville Town Council seat, Mack filed a motion asking for a new trial.Neither Mack nor his attorney responded to phone calls and emails from News 6 seeking comment.
“There were both illegal votes as well as fraudulent votes cast in this election. And for those familiar with local politics, that was not a surprise,” said Daniels’s attorney, Christian W. Waugh. “Those votes have now been removed from the tally. And because of that, my client, Marlin Daniels, is now going to be a public servant for the Town of Eatonville.”
In March 2020, Eatonville voters went to the polls to decide whether Mack should retain his seat on the town council.
After the voting results were tallied, it appeared Daniels had defeated the incumbent by a single vote.
But following a recount by the Orange County Canvassing Board, court records show two previously uncounted votes were discovered, giving Mack a 269-to-268 vote victory.
Daniels filed a lawsuit in April 2020 contesting the election. Mack and the Orange County Canvassing Board were named as defendants.Orange County Circuit Court Judge Kevin Weiss held a non-jury trial earlier this month, where several witnesses were called to testify.
One of them, William Sheketoff, said he had been living in a motel owned by former Eatonville mayor Anthony Grant.
Sheketoff, who was behind on his rent payments and at risk for eviction, claims Grant offered to drive him and another tenant to a polling location on election day and coerced them to vote for Mack, according to an affidavit.
“[Grant] gave both of us ‘sample ballots’ with Tarus Mack and [another candidate] highlighted in yellow stating, ‘This is who I would like you to vote for” and drove us to Town Hall,” said Sheketoff. “I realized that he expected me to vote for Tarus Mack… or I would be evicted.”
About a week after the election, Sheketoff said Grant locked him out of his room at the motel but did not initiate a formal eviction.
By Joe Hoft
“Since when did hospitals turn into jails?”
A doctor from Florida reported on his recent experience in the hospital. Dr. Stephen Guffanti was entered into Sarasota Memorial Hospital in early August. During his stay, he was roomed with another individual who had COVID. The other individual required antibiotics for pneumonia he contracted but the hospital refused to order him the badly needed drugs.
The doctor offered to represent the 50-year-old patient but the hospital continued to not address the man’s pneumonia. When the doctor offered to help the man, the hospital put the doctor in restraints until they decided how to deal with him.
This unbelievable story appears to be an effort by those in power to COVID-Kill the middle-aged man by not providing to him the anti-biotics needed to kill pneumonia.