Did Ilene Lieberman's Public Bailout of Operative Buy Loyalty?

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Lieberman, far right, presenting an award from her the Transplant Foundation to dirty developer Shawn Chait (second from left).
So the Sun-Sentinel is reporting that political consultant Beverly Stracher defended Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman under oath, telling prosecutors that Lieberman would never sell her vote. 

The way Stracher sounds, you'd think Lieberman was a paragon of virtue, which is nonsense. Of course Lieberman's vote is for sale, certainly in the legal sense. She's always been ridiculously cozy with this town's influence peddlers, developers, and other special interests (so long as they have cash). This is a politician who not only goes to fundraisers where she is showered with tens of thousands of dollars in contributions from lobbyists and their clients but also has them over to her own house to solicit money for hand-chosen politicians she's backing.

We shouldn't forget that Lieberman has also lobbied extensively while in office herself and has attempted to influence Broward cities that rely on the county to vote for her former developer client, Pinnacle Homes. At times, she has used the power of her office in a very suspicious -- if not criminal -- manner.  

It's also evident that Lieberman was aware that her old
friend, former Tamarac Mayor Beth Talabisco, was involved in a corrupt deal with dirty developers Bruce and Shawn Chait and rather than counsel her not to vote for the Chaits' project, she told her to delay the vote so it wouldn't look so suspicious. 

Stracher testified that it was the Chaits' idea to give $25,000 to Lieberman's charity, the Transplant Foundation, and that she counseled them to go ahead and do it. "Not exactly 'why not,' but I thought it can't hurt. How could it hurt if you're giving to someone's charity? It can't hurt you. But I know Ilene, and I know that vote is not for sale."

So why does Stracher -- who worked for the Chaits and admitted to prosecutors that she knew they were bribing politicians all around town while she was on their payroll -- portray Lieberman as a political saint? 

Well, let's look at the facts. Last year, Stracher, a former Sun-Sentinel reporter, was almost surely at the low point of her life. She was mired in the Chait scandal, and her husband, Les, was in a world of hurt when his law partner, Scott Rothstein, brought down their firm with his massive Ponzi scheme. 

Who came to Stracher's rescue? None other than Lieberman, who put Stracher -- a clearly ethically compromised political operative -- on the county payroll last year as her aide. Talk about a public bailout. Here you had a disgraced political operative suddenly elevated to the status of county official. And taxpayers are now paying her salary. 

The hiring -- even if it had nothing to do with Stracher's kind words under oath -- is another sign of Lieberman's dubious character. 

And it's another sign that State Attorney Michael Satz, if he really is serious about cleaning up this corrupt town, has a lot of work left to do.

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pull your head out, Robert
pull your head out, Robert

@"City Activist" (Ha!) Robert Walsh:You are so far up the butts of both Rodstroms and Judy Stern that you don't think for a moment: What would Stracher have to gain by giving up John Rodstrom if she didn't know what she was talking about? Where there is smoke, there's fire and this is a good story for any journalist to pursue. This is the first mention of Rodstrom that the public has read. Interesting.

City Activist Robert Walsh
City Activist Robert Walsh

Ok so we are getting some where. Ok so she is in with Stracher. It was ok to shit all over Talabisco bev huh? I still think there is more hear. Keep digging bob. Lieberman is in hot water sounds like. So Bev Stracher is singing like a canary. What was up with her saying that Comm.John Rodstrom was on the take also, which he denies. What did Bev Starcher say about Rodstrom concerning the Chaits? Rodstrom stated that he met with the Chaits once. If all this is bs Mr.Rodstrom find out why she used your name. Then I would motion to fire Stracher on grounds she tried to defame and slander his character. Get rid of her John.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

I am shocked, beyond belief, that Joe & Mae Schreiber accepted money from the Chaits. That piece of news this morning was hard to digest. Crooks are crooks and their money brings no good. It's not like they gave it to the Schreibers because they were such good friends, is it? Maybe it was because they didn't report the Chaits when the bribe was offered? I can't figure it out, I'm still stunned.

As far as Portner claiming that he was always for developing the golf courses, now that's a BIG FAT LIE!!! Check the Sun Sentinel in July of 2005. Then, Portner swore that he'd NEVER vote to change the zoning...because the residents there were against it. He was the first of the Tamarac commissioners to get a "status" car. His was a Jaguar...but, according to him, he had the $5,000. down payment in a safety deposit box, waiting for a rainy day.

Well, I hate to tell all of these crooked people, but. there's not going to be a rainy day...look for some MONSOONS!!!! Karma, baby, Karma.

NoseBleedSeats
NoseBleedSeats

Patti, The world never ceases to let you down, these people were your political friends, you sat in meetings with them where they claimed to be on the side of everything good. They lectured others about doing wrong and ran down good, hardworking people who didn't deserve it. They acted as high and mighty as anyone in those tortured Democartic Clubs and this is what it comes down to, a bribe is a bribe is a bribe...Joe Screiber voted on Chait projects. After he left office they paid him him off...a payoff is a payoff is a payoff... Joe Shcreiber proved today he is no better than any of them, no better than Abromowitz, no better than Sultanoff and certainly no better than Portner... Read the following again so you don't forget how bad Joe Schreiber really is:

Stracher also said the Chaits told her they had offered a large sum of money to former Tamarac Mayor Joe Schreiber and his wife, Mae, if Mae Schreiber would drop out of the race for mayor against Flansbaum-Talabisco in 2006 but the Schreibers refused the money. Joe Schreiber said the offer was $200,000.

Stracher said the Chaits later paid for the Schreibers to take a cruise.

On Monday, Joe Schreiber told the Sun Sentinel that Bruce Chait paid a travel agent $8,400 for a cruise to Greece for the Schreibers after Joe Schreiber was out of office and Mae Schreiber lost at the polls. The couple canceled the cruise and the refund was paid to them and they later used that money to go to Israel, Joe Schreiber said.

"My opinion is he [Bruce Chait] had paid $8,400 because I saved him $200,000," Joe Schreiber said.

HE ADMITS IT LIKE ITS NO BIG DEAL... these people have no shame. He will continue to behave the same way as he has for the last 20 years. IT BEGS THE QUESTION, IF HE TOOK FROM THE CHAITS THEM HOW MUCH FROM OTHERS?

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Nose Bleed,

I don't think that I ever heard Joe Schreiber bad mouth hard working, innocent people. In fact, the only people that I remember him speaking about, negatively, were Portner, Sultanof, & Abramowitz, and questioning the goals of Ritter and Lieberman.

As for Joe's quote about the Chaits, that was hard for me to fathom...I'm not sure that I understand it. Why would they have even accepted the cruise...and how was it set up, (so that it could be refundable to Joe & Mae), and WHY, WHY, WHY, would they have accepted the "gift"????????

This is a shock to me, but, I don't think, "...The world never ceases to let you down " is appropriate. Disappointments are a part of life...as are the joys.

NoseBleedSeats
NoseBleedSeats

DEAD NORMAN ABROMOWITZ ...where are you? Patti needs some setting straight!

City Activist Robert Walsh
City Activist Robert Walsh

Bev Stracher is so full of shit she stinks. Ok lady I get it you got your immunity. So she is just as guilty as all th erest of them. Talabisco now i'm confident in saying Talabisco got thrown under the bus. Here Stracher was her campaign manager, worked for the Chaits and then gets a job w/ Lieberman. People follow the dots(talabisco take notes). Stracher is no better. sing Bev sing. Disgusting about all this is chubby and daddy(Chaits) still get to do work in Broward? sic .More than one rat.

Charles in Ft. Lauderdale
Charles in Ft. Lauderdale

Pulp, any word about Wasserman-Rubin? Did her friends raise enough money to keep her out of jail? Please tell me the Feds are still going after her. Please I really need to know another one is going to jail. It helps me sleep nights.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Shout-out to herb caen entertainment award: we miss you, buddy. Hope all is well.

Also Anonymous
Also Anonymous

Any arrests today and if not, why not?

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Now why did you have to put both questions together????

Ungerm
Ungerm

When does the Broward County elected representatives illegal actions roll up hill and question the ability of the senior elected officals to oversee those act as stewards for the residents of Broward County?

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

Off Topic, but the cheat sheet for the fed budget cuts is out. WIC took a huge hit, as well agricultuer and environmental concerns. What about the 75 billion dollar jets we have, which have never even seen combat????

Who needs clean air, clean water, clean farming -- guess we can all just continue to use natural gas from fracking, eat cows raised on corn instead of grass and chickens raised on corn syrup instead of feed...

Well, looks like WIC recipients won't be eating anything at all...

http://money.cnn.com/news/econ...

Gentile Avenger
Gentile Avenger

I have witnessed too many abuses with WIC and since they couldn't get their act together it is nothing but their own fault and the fault of the "needy ones" who abused the system.

Jones j. Jones
Jones j. Jones

So punish 99.9% of those folks truly in need because of the 0.01 rotten eggs?

I hope you die a horrible lingering painful death.

Gentile Avenger
Gentile Avenger

Hey fuckstick, did you conduct some kind of survey to come up with your bogus percentages?

You probably are one of those who give the milk to full grown peoples instead of the children who is was meant for.

May your next glass of milk contain a big old curly pubic hair in the bottom of the glass.

anonamoose
anonamoose

Lieberman is too smart to out and out take bribes. But she definitely engaged in questionable behavior, which is what the state attorney is hanging over her head to get her to talk.

TheStreet
TheStreet

You're wrong. She took a bribe and it will be big news, not today, but soon. You'll read it here.

anonamoose
anonamoose

Hmmm. That will be an interesting turn of events. My above post was an assertion of suppostion, not fact.

unowho
unowho

Shawn Chait does not look to impressed with the cheap award he paid big money for ...... "focus Shawn"... Contract$ ... Contract$...Contract$.......

TheStreet
TheStreet

Lieberman will be indicted in time.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Re: Bev's pressures -- there was also the divorce, which probably was a function of the other stressors you (Bob) already mentioned. One just building on the other, evidently. Can't say she isn't a loyal friend to those who take care of her, though. Rotten. Compromised. Hypocritical. But loyal.

Hanrahandemarco
Hanrahandemarco

Pulp, the Sun-sentinel reported Former Mayor Joe Schreiber took a trip to Isreal from the Chaits and Portner was on the Payroll too? Schreiber was out of office so it was OK? Didn't he vote on some of this at some time? He parades around like he's all high and mighty and criticizes others, Portner too with his Swap Shop hair. These old men are a disgrace to us all, Portner made a recent trip to Isreal too. His wife broke her hip over there. Wonder who paid for Portner's trip?

Wood Shed
Wood Shed

Who has the most job security in Broward?

Answer: It is Bob Norman and his writing and exposing these pols on this Blog. Keep up the great work Pulp.

Sally Fields
Sally Fields

I wonder, after you are done tossing Bob's salad with such drivel, do you bother to use mouthwash?

In case you haven't bothered to follow the news, Wayne Barrett of the Village Voice was recently fired.

Wood Shed
Wood Shed

I use the nun's habit to catch the spit, and it belongs to you.

Woodlands
Woodlands

Did Chait give jobs to Adam, Jeff, or Stacey?

Get Real!
Get Real!

Are you kidding? You are using their first names so it sounds like you know them but your question is beyond ridiculous! I promise you that neither Adam, Jeff, nor Stacy (FYI this is the correct spelling) were given jobs by Chait.

Woodlands
Woodlands

Lieberman bought silence from Bev by using taxpayer funds. And what about the job Chait gave Lieberman's husband? and why is Sunrise still paying him? And did Adam and Stacey and Adam get funds from Chait?

anonymous
anonymous

This is why it's so important that you don't let any of these crooks weasel their way into power. Once they have it, they're like cockroaches...almost impossible to get rid of. And Satz is impotent when it comes to bringing these criminals to justice. The vote is mighty, Satz is not, so don't count on him, get rid of him.

Windsome Ladd
Windsome Ladd

Sorry for me Lassie getting over-enthusiastic regarding her first. what I am about to suggest is certainly not original, but people come down here, leave (for the most part) friends, family and parents behind and don't have the social constraints that they would have "enjoyed" in Ohio or Michigan or . . . . It is as if we get the least ethical, least moral of the rest of the country.

Get Real!
Get Real!

That is an interesting comment. Ilene Lieberman has been here for over thirty year with friends, family, and parents living nearby. If her constituents were unhappy with her they had a very simple way to express their displeasure, by not voting for her!

Gentile Avenger
Gentile Avenger

Duh, of course she tried to buy her way out of this, it is what her type does.

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