Did Broward’s favorite dancing commissioner just enlist the aid of uber-lobbyist and salami sandwich doyenne Judy Stern? Tipsters told us about a recent luncheon for Stacy Ritter (D-Booby Trap) hosted by Stern, but Ritter’s latest campaign report offers more proof.
Ritter paid $8000 to The Kitchens Group for “polling and research”. Another Stern favorite, Fl State Rep Joe Gibbons (D-Jacksonville) paid $5,500 to The Kitchens Group. Gibbons paid Judy $4,694.90; Damn the price of salami has really gone up. Heck, Julio Gonzalez only paid Judy $3,575.
Back in 2008, Democrat Sheriff Candidate Scott Israel (D-Former Republican) enlisted The Kitchen Group at the behest of his consultant…Judy Stern. Broward Beat covered the lawsuit filed by Kitchens against Scott Israel:
“Israel told Kitchen that the bill was the responsibility of his former campaign manager Judy Stern, who often works with the Kitchens Group.
‘The law says the candidate is the agent for the campaign. The candidate is responsible,’ Kitchen said.
‘I have no comment,’ Israel said. ‘It’s in litigation and there are a plethora of issues. Obviously, I believe I acted honorably and honestly as I always do.’”