Democrat lawyer Gwen Graham wants to go to Washington and she’s getting some help from Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca’s new campaign treasurer Dev Ramesh Motwani. For just $250 you can join a who’s who of Broward Democrats as they raise funds for Graham’s battle against Republican Congressman Steve Southerland. Graham, a an administrator for the Leon County School District, wants to represent CD-2 which includes Tallahassee and Panama City. The Graham fundraiser is being held this Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale home of Stephanie Toothaker, a lobbyist with the Tripp Scott law firm.
Besides Toothaker and Motwani, other hosts include Mitchell Berger, a friend of Al Gore who played a role in the 2000 Presidential recount, Chip Burpee, a former Graham aide, Alain Jean, a Democrat campaign operative, Ashley Walker, the fomer Florida director of Obama For America (OFA) and uber-lobbyist George Platt and his sidekick Seth Platt.
Gwen Graham’s parents, Senator and Mrs. Bob Graham will be in attendance as well.
Florida Democrat Chair Allison Tant said Gwen Graham “will bring her independent voice to Washington and offer real solutions rather than political gamesmanship and partisan bickering. We are confident she will run a strong campaign centered on the North Florida values that have defined her life and her family’s legacy of service.”
The DailyKos raved, “She would be taking on incumbent Republican Steve Southerland in a purple district which includes blue Leon county home of Florida State University…She’s an environmentalist, a public school advocate, labor advocate and she has great genes!”
Wonder if Steve Southerland will appreciate LaMarca’s campaign guy helping out Graham?
As Daily Broward reported last week, Mr. Motwani, a Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel developer, gave more than $5,000 to Patrick Murphy. Motwani gave another Democrat, Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, $1,500 for her US Congressional bid. He gave Jacobs’ opponent, Lois Frankel, another Democrat, $1,500 too. Motwani gave local Democrats Mike Satz and Jared Moskowitz $500 each. Not exactly favorites in Broward Republican households.
Panther Scoreboard Vote More Proof Commissioner Chip LaMarca Sides With Broward Elites Over Average Voters
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca (R-???) voted to buy the Florida Panthers Hockey Club a brand new state-of-the-art $4,200,000 scoreboard. Despite warnings from the county auditor that they did not have to pay for it, LaMarca saw it as an “investment” in one of “our facilities”. LaMarca bought the Panthers’ argument that a new fancy scoreboard would bring the Jehovah Witness convention to Broward.
LaMarca’s foolishness was exposed all over the internets and even the television. Watch him hum and haw on Local 10 news here. Chip scolded us on Twitter last night. He told us to “learn the subject matter before you pontificate.” Panthers CEO Michael R. Yormark agreed with LaMarca by sending a “you are right” tweet in response.
You see, LaMarca likes hanging out with Broward movers and shakers like Yormark and his campaign treasurer Dev Motwani. Never mind that Motwani is a big Democrat fundraiser, Chip needs those elite connections. Here’s a few pics from a charity breakfast last December showing what great company Chip keeps. You can see him with Yormark, Motwani, Stanley C. Panther and even the salami sandwich doyenne, Judy Stern. They’re all smiles.
When will Chip LaMarca start looking out for the average Broward voter?
**Photo Credit: Mark Vacker Photography