Broward County Commission Chip LaMarca and Democrat House Leader Perry Thurston discussed a board appointment just minutes before a County Commission meeting. The Broward County Commission visitor log shows LaMarca and Thurston discussed the appointment over the telephone. No further information was provided.
Thurston is the Broward Democrat under investigation for telling tall tales about where he sleeps at night. Lori Parrish’s investigators said Thurston “violated the law” by taking a homestead exemption on his Plantation home. Thurston is facing another investigation by the Florida Bar.
This is the same Perry Thurston that is trying to embarrass Governor Rick Scott into holding a special session on the Stand Your Ground law. This is the same Perry Thurston rumored to be considering a bid against Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. This is the same Perry Thurston that was working for firms involved in the airport financing plan.
So why is “Republican” LaMarca taking Perry’s phone calls?
Well, Thurston uses the services of lobbyist and salami sandwich doyenne Judy Stern. And back in 2010, its seems as though Stern was eager to help the Chipster beat Ken Keechl. Bob Norman reported, “LaMarca acknlowledged (sic) he’s had conversations with Stern about the race but said that although she would support his bid, he would have others actually running his campaign.”
Wait, so the former Broward Republican chairman is chatting up Broward Democrat leaders and lobbyists?!?!
What the heck is going on here? Oh wait, that’s right. This is Broward County.
Plus, Chipster likes Stern’s daughter, Barbra Stern, the controversial Florida Elections Commissioner. “I happen to like Barbra a lot,” said Broward Republican Party chair Chip LaMarca.