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Ex-fundraiserís testimony rocks Cristís Florida campaign - Con details trade of political favors
The Washington Times ^ | February 6, 2014 | Kellan Howell

Posted on 02/06/2014 6:42:06 PM PST by jazusamo

Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor of Florida now seeking his old seat as a Democrat, has received the worst type of attention at the start of his campaign: a jilted former fundraiser testifying under oath that judicial nominations were up for sale on Mr. Crist’s watch.

The testimony this week by Scott Rothstein, a onetime Crist fundraiser and prominent lawyer convicted of running a $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme, stunned court observers across Florida and rocked Mr. Crist’s nascent candidacy to oust Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Scott.

Rothstein did not appear in court for several years after his 2010 guilty plea but emerged as a defense witness in a former legal colleague’s trial. He wasted no time dishing the dirt on Mr. Crist, prompting furious denials from the Democratic candidate and his campaign.

Rothstein testified that as a fundraiser he had a “quid pro quo” relationship in which he was able to encourage Mr. Crist, then the Florida governor, to name judges to the bench in Broward County who would rule favorably for his law firm.

“For certain contributions, people were appointed to the bench ,” Rothstein said in testimony reported by local news media. “I was able to convince him to do a lot of things. He knew how that game was played. I expected him to do certain things in exchange for large contributions.”

Rothstein, who was sentenced to 50 years in prison, also testified that he used his position on a commission that nominated judges for the 4th District Court of Appeals to suggest judicial appointees Mr. Crist wanted, even though the selection process was supposed to be based on merit and free of political influence.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: corruption; crist; democrats; florida; governor; politicalfavors; rothstein

1 posted on 02/06/2014 6:42:06 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Please! Please! Let this be true! And let us Floridians be forever FREE of Charlie Crist!


2 posted on 02/06/2014 6:45:17 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: jazusamo

Excellent news! I’m no huge fan of Scott, but I do not want any authority given to Crist and the Dems. This hopefully will sink him.

In fact,.... perhaps this will prompt Nelson to jump in and try to save the day? Senator West follows that!


3 posted on 02/06/2014 6:46:42 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Taxman

I hear you...Just checked and there’s articles in FL papers.

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=us&tbm=nws&authuser=0&q=Crist+political+favors+judges&oq=Crist+political+favors+judges&gs_l=news-cc.12..43j43i53.3178.17283.0.21375.29.6.0.23.0.0.82.432.6.6.0...0.0...1ac.1._tFo2vDN31Q


4 posted on 02/06/2014 6:50:36 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

I guess all that “glitters” isn’t just an orange suntan!


5 posted on 02/06/2014 6:51:50 PM PST by vette6387
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To: jazusamo; Joe Brower
TOTALLY IGNORED BY THE MIAMI MEDIA!! ALL FOUR TV STATIONS, THE TWO NEWSPAPERS AND THE "NEWS" RADIO SAID NOTHING ABOUT ROTHSTEIN'S CONNECTIONS TO THE MEDIA'S DARLING CHARLIE CRIST!
6 posted on 02/06/2014 6:52:41 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: jazusamo

Isn’t Rod Blagovich spending time at club fed for the same thing ?


7 posted on 02/06/2014 6:56:02 PM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: diverteach

He’s in the slammer for bribery so it’s got to be pretty close to the same thing.


8 posted on 02/06/2014 6:59:00 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Taxman

Maybe charlie will spend some time in prison too. We can hope.


9 posted on 02/06/2014 7:00:36 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

He just might enjoy the prison lifestyle.


10 posted on 02/06/2014 7:06:37 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: jazusamo

Let’s not get too excited. After all, isn’t Crist running as a Dem? This could get swept under the rug, after some early sensationalism.


11 posted on 02/06/2014 7:08:05 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

True, Crist’s people have already started on Rothstein, he’s a “con man and liar.”


12 posted on 02/06/2014 7:12:02 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

I sent the story to a lib I know. They just make excuses that Scott has done bad stuff too.


13 posted on 02/06/2014 7:23:18 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Maybe charlie will spend some time in prison too. We can hope.

He make someone a nice “wife”


14 posted on 02/06/2014 7:24:13 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Taxman

Charlie’s a democrat now... the bar’s MUCH lower now that he’s NOT a Republican.


15 posted on 02/06/2014 7:29:49 PM PST by GOPJ (The Nation's divided between those who are to be fooled and those who do the fooling.Greenfield)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Back up a couple of post and hang your head.


16 posted on 02/06/2014 7:54:59 PM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: GOPJ

I see prison in Charlie’s future!

Years ago, I took a Criminology class, and one of our field trips was a tour of Raiford, the Florida State Prison.

EVERY young person should get such a tour — crime rate would go WAAAAAAAY down, IMHO!

Charlie will not like Raiford!


17 posted on 02/06/2014 8:00:23 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: driftdiver

See my #17.


18 posted on 02/06/2014 8:01:10 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: jazusamo

Rothstein got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, and is not going down by himself!

I wonder who else he can take down with him?

I’m rooting for Rothstein!


19 posted on 02/06/2014 8:03:57 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Taxman
Charlie will not like Raiford!

But will Raiford like Charlie?

20 posted on 02/06/2014 8:12:07 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: okie01

I think the answer is “YES!”


21 posted on 02/06/2014 8:25:40 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: jazusamo

No surprise here.


22 posted on 02/06/2014 9:46:01 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: billhilly

Those articles, despite publication in some papers, are NOT being trumpeted down in Miami. Trust me.

They’re being swept under the rug—the media in Miami this week is trumpeting some new soccer team being brought to the city by David Beckham.

My point by saying it is being ignored is that while it may be acknowledged, it isn’t given the treatment it would be given if, say, RICK SCOTT had been in bed with the con man Scott Rothstein.


23 posted on 02/07/2014 2:14:46 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Taxman

“Good-Time” Charlie may not like Raiford, but my guess is that he would be quite popular among the, er, more dominant members of that population.

Now, if Scott would just shut-up about in-state tuition for illegals.


24 posted on 02/07/2014 7:57:16 AM PST by Arm_Bears (Shoot cops that shoot dogs.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I’m sure you are right about that.


25 posted on 02/07/2014 10:58:45 AM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: Taxman

The guy’s who’s bad mouthing Charlie is a criminal... convicted criminal. Hundred miles of bad road. We’ll have to wait and see how this one turns out...


26 posted on 02/07/2014 11:28:20 AM PST by GOPJ (The Nation's divided between those who are to be fooled and those who do the fooling.Greenfield)
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To: GOPJ

Yes, I know he is a convicted felon, but hopefully (at least for those of us who DO NOT WANT TO SEE CHARLIE CRIST ELECTED GOVERNOR!), he has documentary evidence proving his allegations.


27 posted on 02/07/2014 2:04:34 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Arm_Bears

“You got that right” to both coments.


28 posted on 02/07/2014 2:05:56 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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