I had hoped that this Broward Health post would never be written, let alone published. The riddle and its 6 clues were directed at and for Board Commissioner Chris Ure in the hopes that he would man-up and resign before this post became necessary.
He did not, despite every opportunity to do so. Hypocrites rarely show courage when caught – they just continue to lie, mostly to themselves.
There are some sordid details in this story and I want to emphasize that I am not the morality police, nor do I care what two consenting adults do privately. In addition, as an alumnus of the original Woodstock in the summer of ’69, I understand that there are lots of ways that people define their relationships – and I’m good with that. It’s not my business and I do not judge.
The exception is when a person uses his position – well, I’ll let you be the judge.
Please note that this post will not have my usual selection of cartoons or sarcastic images because there is nothing funny about this story. It is sad, disappointing and embarrassing at almost every level. The right response to this story is the urge to shower.
Commissioner Chris Ure apparently used his position as a Broward Health Commissioner to threaten his mistress (I’ll call her Jane Doe) to keep their affair secret. Commissioner Ure did this by sharing his personal secret with Robert Taylor, an investigator with the law firm of Jay Cohen. Robert Taylor contacted Jane Doe – leaving a passive aggressive threatening message on her answering machine. At the time, Jay Cohen’s law firm had at least one active personal injury case against Broward Health.
Florida statute 112.313 provides standards of conduct for public officers, employees of agencies, and local government attorneys.
(1) DEFINITION.—As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires, the term “public officer” includes any person elected or appointed to hold office in any agency, including any person serving on an advisory body.
(2) SOLICITATION OR ACCEPTANCE OF GIFTS.—No public officer, employee of an agency, local government attorney, or candidate for nomination or election shall solicit or accept anything of value to the recipient, including a gift, loan, reward, promise of future employment, favor, or service, based upon any understanding that the vote, official action, or judgment of the public officer, employee, local government attorney, or candidate would be influenced thereby.
(4) UNAUTHORIZED COMPENSATION.—No public officer, employee of an agency, or local government attorney or his or her spouse or minor child shall, at any time, accept any compensation, payment, or thing of value when such public officer, employee, or local government attorney knows, or, with the exercise of reasonable care, should know, that it was given to influence a vote or other action in which the officer, employee, or local government attorney was expected to participate in his or her official capacity.
(6) MISUSE OF PUBLIC POSITION.—No public officer, employee of an agency, or local government attorney shall corruptly use or attempt to use his or her official position or any property or resource which may be within his or her trust, or perform his or her official duties, to secure a special privilege, benefit, or exemption for himself, herself, or others. This section shall not be construed to conflict with s. 104.31.
Christopher Ure fits the definition of “appointed to hold office in any agency”.
He also apparently received a favor – private investigative services from an adversarial legal firm. There are many unanswered questions about Mr. Ure’s apparent relationship with Attorney Jay Cohen, P.A which go beyond just the services they apparently provided to Commissioner Ure. Chief among these are if he participated in any “shade” meetings or any other conversations about ongoing litigation or settlement conversations between Broward Health and any of Mr. Cohen’s clients.
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“It was outrageous to find out that you went to a facility to undergo a procedure and that all safeguards and safety precautions that were supposed to be in place were not and to find out one of the most basic principles of safety was violated,” Jay Cohen said.
Apart for the obvious leverage Mr. Cohen’s firm held over Commissioner Ure by knowing Commissioner Ure dirty little secret, the nature of his relationship with a prominent firm specializing in malpractice and personal injury litigation is troubling and probably offensive to numerous Florida statutes and bar rules.
Then there is the actual message left by Mr. Cohen’s investigator on Jane Doe’s answering machine referencing Commissioner Ure as “powerful”, “friend”, and “they look out for their friends”.
I wonder how and when the conversation even began between Commissioner Ure and Mr. Cohen and/or Mr. Taylor.
So many questions. As a simple blogger, I’ll leave the question to others more adept at investigations – but something stinks.
The sordid story
Christopher Ure and Jane Doe met online late in 2015. He used “Guy Weston” and “WestonGuy954@gmail.com” as his online profile (clever, he lives in Weston and he’s a “guy”). He also used an anonymous google voice number 770-580-4009 to keep his communications secret.
Soon after meeting online, using his anonymous phone number Commissioner Ure texts his picture to Jane Doe:
From: (770) 580-4009 Date: Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 10:09 PM
Subject: SMS from (770) 580-4009
I think I figured this out how to send a photo. Please confirm you have received them. There are two pics. One from me in Paris last New Years Eve and the other my daughters Spring play.
Soon after, Commissioner Ure and Jane Doe allegedly began an intimate relationship. According to Jane Doe “Chris used to charge our lunch dates to a business card account. And we met at a hotel about 3 separate times over the course of a year and half, and he said he had to pay it with a corporate account so he didn’t raise any suspicion at home. “
Also, according to Jane Doe, one of Commissioner Ure’s favorite phrases is “I’m easy peasy, lemon squeezy”.
Ironically, in 2016, Commissioner Ure became an elder in his church, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale establishing his evangelism hypocrisy.
In late 2016, Jane Doe ended the intimate relationship apparently in a dispute over honesty. According to Jane Doe, feeling used and lied to – she reached out and intending to reach Commissioner Ure’s current wife, accidentaly contacted Commissioner Ure’s (who’s phone number was 1 digit different) ex-wife who apparently was not surprised.
Because Commissioner Ure was an elder in his church, Jane Doe called the church’s minister to warn him about Commissioner Ure hypocrisy. Purportedly, her warning was dismissed as nothing more than the siren of a jilted lover by the church’s misogynistic leadership. Sad. They should be ashamed.
Then in March 2017, private investigator Robert Taylor working for Attorney Jay Cohen, P.A leaves the message below on Jane Doe’s answering machine.
“My name is Robert Taylor.
I’m speaking on behalf of our friend.
I was going to come by and try and meet with you in the morning. But seems like things are getting a little out of hand.
But anyway, give me a call back 954-609-0576 we can meet in the morning if you want and try to resolve all this and see what’s going on and see what
I’m just trying to get to the bottom of what this is — as you know, um our friend has a very important job and I uh look out after these guys so you can look it up, I’m a private investigator, I’m licensed in the state Robert Taylor and if you want to meet with me fine, and we can talk, but the crazier this gets the more difficult its going to be to talk about this.
Anyway, feel free to give me a call tonight, thanks.”
Jane Doe did not know Robert Taylor, did not know how he got her phone number, did not know how he knew where she lived, did not know what “very powerful job” and “I look out for these guys” meant. She was justifiably frightened at the passive and very aggressive message. Imagine being a single woman getting this as a message on your answering machine.
It is important to note, that proximate to the time the message was left – Mr. Cohen, Mr. Taylor’’s employer was in active litigation against Broward Health.
In mid-June, Jane Doe contacted my BrwdHealth Blog and I listen to her story. Beginning in July, I posted my riddle together with its clues as a direct message to Commissioner Ure that he needs to resign and keep his private business private. In three posts, and two comments – I continue to send an increasingly loud message to Commissioner Ure – resign and save both himself and the district the embarrassment of his cowardly and hypocritical personal and apparently public misconduct.
The Riddle Answers
“The only thing worse than being a liar is a liar that’s also a hypocrite.” – Tennessee Williams
For those that have diligently been working through the clues provided by my previous posts. Thank for playing! 😊
The Riddle: Which Broward Health Commissioner might find it’s a good time to quietly resign?
Answer: Commissioner Christopher Ure
Clue #1: July 5, 2017
Answer: One of Commissioner’s Ure’s favorite expressions.
Clue #2: July 5, 2017
“Sleazy hypocrites get cached”
Answer: Dating Profiles are almost never erased on the internet – they get cached (and historically stored for faster searces). See Google Cached Pages of Any Website – CachedView
Clue #3: July 5, 2017
“In Florida, it’s too hot for a cover-up”
Answer: Regrettably, the crime isn’t the hypocritical personal conduct but the cover-up.
Clue #4: July 12, 2017
I’m Back – Comments
“Like the western dude in the movies, the commissioner should ride into the sunset.”
Answer: “Guy Weston” or “Weston Guy”. Commissioner Ure’s online profile name.
Clue #5: July 31, 2017
Lipstick On A Pig
“the link between Barbara Stanwyck, Ursula Thiess, and Jay Cohen you’ll have the ethical key to this Commissioner’s problem at Broward Health”
Answer: Robert Taylor, Attorney Jay Cohen’s investigator
Clue #6: August 14, 2017
Barrett Continues To Purge
“What does 112.313(1),(2),(4),(6) and Audio Player have in common”
Answer: Some of the potential statutes concerning the audio recording attempted cover-up of Commissioner Ure’s conduct.
It is disgusting that Commissioner Ure would use his appointed “powerful” position to bully someone. His private life is just that, private – that is, until he missuses his public position for a private purpose. In this case, to bully a person with seemly less power than he. I am outraged that the instrumentality of his bullying is the public office to which he is appointed. An office that represents me and to which I pay thousands of dollars of taxes a year.
It should be enough that he is totally incompetent in his appointed position and a shameful Board member.
This morning, I provided this information to the public corruptions unit of the Broward State Attorney’s Office in the hope that it can address the very serious issues and questions raised.
While I candidly do not expect any action from the State Attorney, I certainly hope that they at least make any ethical referrals as appropriate and carefully look into Commissioner Ure’s public conduct.
My role in this sordid matter is over. I hope others who are more equipped to investigate will do their jobs diligently.
Excuse me now, I’m going to take a shower.