UPDATED: Klenet Out in Sunrise

It appears the controversy regarding the sheriff's absence at a benefit held over the weekend for slain BSO Sgt. Chris Reyka was prompted by miscommunication. 

Sheriff Al Lamberti's executive assistant, Don Prichard, explained that the sheriff was asked to be a celebrity judge at the benefit and, though he was expected to be one, he never actually committed to Saturday's event.

"One of the organizers for the event, Dep. Chris Caldwell, called me and asked me if I could get the message to the sheriff, and I said sure," Prichard told me. "We put it on the BSO Informant, the internal website, to make sure everyone knew it was happening, and we let them use a brand-new green-and-white Crown Vic and a Challenger for the event. But I told them that he may or may not show up. He never committed to be a celebrity judge."

Klenet will lobby for himself tonight in Sunrise.
As I wrote yesterday, Lamberti's absence caused some consternation among attendees. When asked why the sheriff didn't attend the benefit, Prichard said he didn't know. 

-- Tonight, the Sunrise City Commission will choose its lobbyist. Mr. Stacy Ritter, Russ Klenet, is in the running, as is megalobbyist Ron Book and four firms, including the Southern Strategy Group and Colodny Fass.

Klenet, who along with Book has been a Sunrise lobbyist for several years, will lobby for himself via phone from Washington, D.C., where he's currently working. I'll report on the outcome.

UPDATED: Klenet lost his lobbying contract in Sunrise. The commission voted Ron Book in as the city's sole lobbyist. Colodny Fass came in second. Klenet was ranked by the commission fourth out of six firms, one of which didn't even show up. He was in D.C. so did it by phone, and I'm told that the commission -- while grilling the other hopefuls -- didn't ask Klenet much of anything at all.

The empire is crumbling; remember that Klenet just lost his League of Cities lobbying contract as well.    

Inside, read about the showdown expected at tonight's meeting of the Democratic Executive Committee, where longtime chairman Mitch Ceasar will be challenged.

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Attorney Randy Fleischer, who has mounted a grievance against Ceasar for killing the Tamarac Democratic Club and other outrages, will raise the issue tonight and is calling for Democrats to show support against the chairman at the meeting tonight at 7 at the Deicke Auditorium in Plantation. Here's the email Fleischer sent out this morning:  

From: abcdem@yahoogroups.com On Behalf Of Randy A. Fleischer, Esq.
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 9:43 AM
To: abcdem@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [abcdem] Grievance v Ceasar

Dear Active Democrats

At tonights DEC meeting I am going to attempt to raise the grievance, pasted below, which I filed against Ceasar almost six months ago.

There was a grievance hearing in August, chaired by Mike Moskowitz with Diane Glasser and Harry Boreth completing the star chamber triumvirate.

There is no question that Ceasar is guilty of not appointing chairs, vice chairs or members to standing committees or publishing an annual budget as required by the bylaws cited in the grievance. However there is no question that Ceasar's handpicked grievance committee is not going to find that he violated the bylaws, even though he admitted not performing as required by the bylaws.

I am going to need strong backing at the meeting tonight to review the grievance and sanction him.

This may also help restore the Tamarac Club and [Alanna] Mersinger's club, as Ceasar revoked their charter because he does not like Patti Lynn and [Alanna].

I look forward to seeing you all tonight.

Randy

I'll update on whether the Dems in the room were mice or men (and women). Historically, as lobbyist Ceasar and his cronies (including the three names listed above) run the club into the ground with their power-hungry ways, few are willing to openly challenge him. Hopefully that will change tonight.  


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Guest
Guest

Good Morning All!

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”

Congratulations to Sunrise for seeing the Truth and Thank you Pulp.Expose the Bastards

SamSloan
SamSloan

Taking out the trash in Sunrise! Good job. Buh bye Klenet. Don't let the door hit you in the ass...

Pulp
Pulp

This just in: Russ Klenet just lost his lobbying contract in Sunrise. The commission voted Ron Book in as the city's sole lobbyist. Colodny Fass came in second.

Klenet was ranked by the commission fourth out of six firms, one of which didn't even show up. He was in D.C. so did it by phone and I'm told that the commission -- while grilling the other hopefuls -- didn't ask Klenet much of anything.

Sam
Sam

That is a blatant lie Lamberti committed to the event and Prichard told several people that the Sheriff would be there.......another reason I will not vote for you and I will tell everyone not to vote for you.

Guest
Guest

Good Luck RandyCeasar's passing is way over due!

BitchCeasar
BitchCeasar

Sure I took a few liberties with the rules.Sure I misspent a couple of dollars.but the real question is can Randy rub a womans backside.Randy looks like an old hippie on pot. Not the image you want on the DEC.

BSO
BSO

Is Al hitting the sauce?

Pulp
Pulp

Gimmesamore, here are some questions for Klenet that come to mind:

1. It's come to light that you abused your wife's campaign account to the tune of $20,000 in fancy dinners and other perks. Your monumentally gluttonous behavior is now under criminal investigation by the state. Why should we trust you with our tax dollars?

2. It's no secret that you've been shifting your operations to Washington; tonight you're calling in from the capital. Why should we hire a D.C. wannabe to represent our city in Tallahassee?

3. Your deep involvement in two huge scandals -- involving fraudster Joel Steinger and political operative/eye doctor Alan Mendelsohn -- has been well-documented. Why do you associate with criminals and did you flip and work as an informant for the feds in those cases to save your own hide?

4. Your wife claims that you accepted a golf cart from the dirty developers Bruce and Shawn Chait. Can you describe your relationship with the Chaits and tell us why they gave you that gift? Also, did they give you anything else?

5. The aforementioned Mendelsohn said in court that he learned from you how to take gifts from clients and not report them to the IRS. Have you ever cheated on your taxes and have you ever to your knowledge been under investigation by the IRS?

6. You represent the the firm that runs the BankAtlantic Center here in Sunrise, which is constantly looking for favor with the city. Doesn't that make a conflict of interest with your previous employment with this city?

I don't know. There's a few off the top of my head.

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

Please, please, any Sunrise residents -- go to this meeting tonight and pose some hard questions to Klenet. Be relentless. If I lived in that city and could justify my appearance, I would do it myself. I am sure the PULP will hook any of you up with some good questions.

janey
janey

The state party is opening an office in Broward. They are the ones to bring the grievance to

Christy
Christy

2nd waving Kleenex in the air.

unowho
unowho

and Im told that the commission..while grilling the other "Hopefulls"...didnt ask Klenet much of anything.....Hey Russ maybe you should just stay in DC,it appears you are becoming Browards " Not Wanted" .. But dont get bummed out ....Were "Hopefull" that the Feds will want you someday!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is not about Randy. It's about Ceasar. Are the bylaws a sham, or does Caesar actually have to follow them?

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

thanks PULP - but like I said, I don't live in Sunrise. Obviously, your reporting got to the decision makers in plenty of time.

B_tan
B_tan

great questions

Sunrise
Sunrise

7. Don't you think we will look like two faced A'holes if we appoint a fat pig like you to gorge yourself at the public through?8. If we don't vote for you will your wife and her cronies on the county commish withhold county dollars from being spent in sunrise?9. does anyone actually think that you are anything other than egotistical, self serving, coniving cheating thief?

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Maybe something will change with the state, now that Rod Smith is at the helm. However, when Karen Thurman was there (and the schmucks before her - Scott Maddox, et al), they were all complicit. Cross your fingers, folks.

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