The mailing reached voters shortly before the August 14 primary. It called the frontrunner in the race, local minister Rosalind Osgood, a “prostitute.” It also had a picture of her that was digitally altered to make it look as if she standing behind prison bars.
“I received calls from many people, from over 20 pastors to Congressman Alcee Hastings upset that someone would stoop to this level,” Osgood said.
Osgood, a Democrat, has long been the local favorite in the nonpartisan race for the Broward County School Board District 5 seat. She received the endorsement of the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel for the August 14 primary. Osgood received 47.65 percent of the vote in the primary to Torey’s 28.89 percent.
Torey, a Republican, is now in a run-off against Osgood. Osgood also picked up the Sun-Sentinel’s endorsement for the general election.