Sheila Alu: I'm Running for Broward County Commission If...

After a report on JAABlog appeared stating definitively that Sunrise Commissioner Sheila Alu is running for County Commission in 2012, I spoke with the potential candidate.

Alu tells me she is going to run for the seat currently held by the embattled Ilene Lieberman. There's a catch: Alu says she will run only if Lieberman doesn't try to reclaim the seat.

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Alu, center, with recently elected Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief and union leader Dan Reynolds.
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It looks almost certain that Lieberman will not be running, however. In fact, Lieberman has told numerous people privately that she will not run for reelection, according to multiple sources. It's no secret that Lieberman has missed numerous meetings of late and has almost dropped out of politics completely. She's been under the cloud of a State Attorney's Office corruption investigation, and she recently cited health issues as the reason she's gone AWOL.

Lieberman was supposed to be term-limited from the commission anyway until a John Rodstrom-backed lawsuit challenging the voter-backed term limits led to a ruling by Judge Lisa-Carol Phillips that they were unconstitutional. 

So it looks like a near-lock that Alu will indeed be running for Lieberman's seat. First she'll have to move, though, since she's renting a home in what is now Lois Wexler's district. And then, of course, there's her day job as a state prosecutor.

Inside, see what Alu says about that potential conflict of interest.

Alu currently holds a full-time job prosecuting accused felons in Broward County. The County Commission seat pays a full-time salary and then some ($90,000-plus), though some treat it as a part-time job at best.

Let's get this straight: There's no way that Alu should be able to hold both jobs at the same time. For one, the county runs the courthouse. For another, the State Attorney's Office, as has been made abundantly clear of late, polices the commission for corruption.

So it's definitely a conflict of interest, but on top of that, the public deserves both a commissioner who can devote the vast majority of her time to representing them and a prosecutor who isn't working another job.

Alu says she hasn't made a definitive decision but is leaning against trying to do both jobs.

"I don't think it's appropriate to hold both jobs," said Alu. "And I don't think it would even be possible. But I love the job [as a prosecutor], and I would hate to have to leave. It's meaningful."

Remember this is an issue -- serving two public masters -- that snagged gladhanding Angelo Castillo when he made his losing bid for the commission in November. 

When Alu jumps in the race, she'll be joining Lauderhill Vice Mayor Howard Berger, who has already filed for the seat and loaned himself $80,000 for his campaign. Berger is best-known for his backing of a ban on wearing saggy pants and support for a resolution against the building of a mosque near Ground Zero in NYC (both were knocked down by fellow commissioners). Accountant James Ale has also entered the race and currently has about $15,000 in his coffers. 

Alu's claim to fame has been anti-corruption efforts that included blowing the whistle on Ana Gardiner, the former chief criminal judge in Broward County, and assisting the FBI in its groundbreaking corruption investigation that netted the arrests of Joe Eggelletion, Beverly Gallagher, and Fitzroy Salesman, among others. She also very recently played a key role, along with Mayor Mike Ryan, of ridding her city of lobbyist Russ Klenet.

She's nothing if not controversial and has received criticism here and elsewhere for her vote to give Ilene Lieberman's husband, Stuart Michelson, a no-bid contract as city attorney of Sunrise.

"I think I'm the best person to represent the citizens and be an ethical advocate for the residents of the district," she told me.

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KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Will she wear that frock to her inauguration? Looks like Chandler Bing's Pop. I can't stop looking.

Klinnet
Klinnet

Let's not forget Alu's ex-husband...ex thug and former body guard for Kimmie Rothstein..wife of Ponzi poacher Rothstein. Far from scandal free and forced to leave a police dept. for less than "ethical" reasons. It's a sad lot. Aren't there any normal people who can run for that seat? Oh and Alu can move in with Wexler, then neither will live in the district they represent.

PUMPKINPIE
PUMPKINPIE

ALU LOOKS LIKE A MAN IN DRAG!

Balco
Balco

Looks as if she's been using some of Joey Meathead's steroids

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Pulp -- Looking forward to hearing your comments on WLRN today! (91.3 FM @ noon)

Anonymous
Anonymous

Is the podcast available someplace? I already checked http://wlrn.org/radio/ - no luck there, the entirety of the "WLRN Radio Archives" only has mp3s for three short programs, none of which is the one the Pulp nation wants to hear!!!

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

I doubt it. I don't think WLRN does podcasts of its local shows. My suggestion is to call the station and ask if they have a recording or podcast of the Friday Roundup of 1/21.

therealyaz
therealyaz

Any arrests today? Why where none of our crooked pols in the mob bust. I believe they could all fall under the rico act.

Roger is Stoned
Roger is Stoned

What bothers me is that she voted to keep the Husband of county commish Lieberman as the Sunrise attorney and then said she would not run against her. I interpret this to mean that she is willing to over spend tax dollars to further her own political career. The Sunrise city attorney was vastly overpaid. Everyone knows that. But the reason they overpaid him was becasue they didn't want to upset his politically connected wife and thus lose her influence in an election. So from jump street there was ethical confusion.

So from what I can see Alu wants to bow down to Lieberman to garner her support I have no problem with that. But the moment she used or misused taxpayer dollars to further her own political career that is the moment when she became just another scum bag, albeit with big teats.

unowho
unowho

IGood Mornin Pulpsters!!!...Can we now come to the conclusion that " Sheila (meatballs) Alu "is the one with the cajones and" No Mojoe Alu " should think about testosterone shots???.That being said ..now is the time and opportunity for Sheila to represent her Citizens not as commisioner/prosecutor but as... Sheila Alu S.A.!!!.......IMHO

BumFarto
BumFarto

I can see it now:

Comm. Alu addressing Comm. Phil N. DeBlanc, "Speaking as a fellow commissioner and not as a prosecutor, I feel compelled to ask why you have not indicated a conflict-of-interest in the matter now before us?"

Comm. DeBlanc responds, "Duhhhhhhhh? Uhhhhhhhhh?"

Comm. Alu then asks, "Would you be available to stop by my office tomorrow to discuss the situation at hand?"

anonymous
anonymous

If she keeps both jobs can she question and arrest herself? lol

Anon33024
Anon33024

Sheila has proven herself to be someone who can both lead and do the right thing for us. She gets my support. She needs to run for Lieberman's seat.

Christy
Christy

Can you imagine Sheila working alongside Stacy Ritter? Stacy Move over Sheila's coming in.

Linda
Linda

Won't happen. Stacy's days are numbered. Or is that she'll be wearing a number?

Guest
Guest

Shelia certainly looks like she has the "eye of the tiger". I hope she decides to run. She's shown she could be a fighter for the people. I agree that if she decides to become a County Commissioner that should be a full time commitment. Good Luck Shelia. I have one thing to ask. Please keep your ethics high and don't change!

Omg
Omg

Can you imagine if joey meatballs becomes a lobbyist. I think at that point I will just shoot myself.

Mr Magoo
Mr Magoo

Dan you look fabulous

Dan
Dan

Thanks Magoo, just don't get your vision corrected.

Tex
Tex

Fabulous? Are you serious?

unowho
unowho

S.heila A.lu for S.A. she has done more to fight corruption than Satz has done his entire career!!!( I guess thats not saying to much),,And yes Christy she does lOOk fabOOlous!!!

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Sheila is the one in the middle , correct ?Did she suddenly become intelligent ? She must have been brain dead or desperate to marry that clown Joe Alu and why oh why did she keep his name ?

unowho
unowho

Ayyyy... wotsa ronga weet a Sheila(meatballs) Alu???

unowho
unowho

I dont understand Tex? ...Larryboy (Texan) would give her a 9 and maybe a 10 with the intelligent eyes.!!!....Just Sayin...

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Looking at her picture Alu will be a bust as a commissioner.

Correction
Correction

We have state legislators that are prosecutors and teachers and all manner of other public servant. That is not a snag. The snag comes if you don't know what the rules are or follow them. Legislative positions in Florida are all part time because this is a citizen legislator state. It's expected that people will earn a living aside from serving government in a legislative capacity. Let's separate the opinions from the facts please.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Sheila was re-elected to the Sunrise City Commission this past November by a very wide margin, and it was especially wide considering how badly most other Democrats did on that election day. She's a strong candidate - and Christy is right, she looks fabulous!!!

Roy L. Fuchs
Roy L. Fuchs

Bobby, she may not have to move. Commission districts will be redrawn before the 2012 election, based on the results of the 2010 Census. Additionally, Amendments 5 and 6 are SUPPOSED to require rational district boundaries and eliminate gerrymandering. We'll see about that...As for Shiela's run, it's early yet, I'm sure some more names will surface, as will some negative campaign info about Sheila. Personally, I like her as my current city commissioner

Kevin
Kevin

The constitutional amendments do NOT apply to county or city districts, but you are right.... the borders could change substantially.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Don't think Roy was referring to the constitutional amendments (you are right -- those only apply at state and congressional levels, and only for giving rules as to how to draw them) - generally, new census data means redrawing on the lower levels as well.

GhostOfMcLovin
GhostOfMcLovin

Broward County should commit to following the spirit of Amendments 5 & 6 whether they're subject to them or not. Just like they expect the municipalities of Broward to adhere to their "Ethics" ordinance.

PS Sheila looks great mmmmmm

P_Nis
P_Nis

Her career post divorce almost negates ever having anything to do with meatballs.

Christy
Christy

Sheila you look fabulous.

I.P. Squint
I.P. Squint

You gotta to be kidding

Christy
Christy

Far from Kidding. Healthy, Strong and Vivacious.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

She certainly looks strong enough to throw Jack Hambrick into a planter. Given your criteria does Barbara not also look fabulous ?

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