CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

The bizarre antics of Hallandale Beach government officials have gone past public accusations of anal bleaching and comparisons to Hitler. Here’s the Miami Herald‘s lede from the latest installment:

It’s a spy-drama love story with a late plot twist straight out of Hollywood. Well, Hallandale Beach, actually. It begins in the lead-up to the 2016 local elections. Victor Elbeze, a French national and failed perfume entrepreneur, placed illegal tracking devices on the cars of two Hallandale Beach commissioners and one candidate for a commission seat. At the time he was working as a private investigator for a mystery client.

Elbeze’s fingerprint was found on a tracker, and after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor — illegal installation of tracking devices — Elbeze paid a $293 fine and Florida Department Law Enforcement closed the case last year. That became the prominent narrative until Oct. 3 of this year when Carmen Gimenez took the podium for public comment during a regular commission meeting.

Read the rest. And yes, Russians are involved.