A Taste of Politics at the Gay Pride Parade

Some guys get all the luck, apparently. Here is famed Nixonian dirty trickster Roger Stone, former political director for fallen Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, getting licked at the New York Gay Pride parade by model Kat ForTra on Sunday.

Stone, who has a (partially self-made) reputation as a swinger, was out at the parade to drum up support for one of his candidates for New York governor, "Manhattan Madam" Kristin Davis, who supplied prostitutes to disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who amazingly is resurrecting his career as a host for formerly respected news outlet CNN.

Good times, eh? But there is some real news to parlay as well. First let's get on to three people who are cooperating witnesses in the corruption investigation regarding the dirty developers Chait.

I told you I would find out about Barry Harris, the Democratic Executive Committee official who set up a sleazy PAC to back Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco in the 2006 election. Well, I have spoken to sources who say that, yes, Harris has been interviewed by the State Attorney's Office and has cooperated with the investigation.

Meanwhile, now the Sun-Sentinel is trying to get all Woodward-and-Bernstein on the Chaits. First, the newspaper reported that former Broward Mayor Ben Graber has been interviewed by the State Attorney's Office, specifically regarding the criss-cross he did with Stacy Ritter. Remember? Ritter abandoned her state Senate run to run for Graber's county commission seat, and Graber left that seat to run for the Senate seat. Ritter got the better of the trade as she won and Graber got beat by Jeremy Ring. Graber told the newspaper that Russ "Puppet Master" Klenet originally approached him about the swap and that he also met with Ritter about it. He said that the Chaits had nothing to do with the switch and never tried to bribe him for his vote in favor of the project.

After that, the newspaper reported that Beverly Stracher, whom I wrote about Sunday, is also cooperating with the State Attorney's Office. Stracher was recently hired as a paid aide on the taxpayers' dime by Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman.

So, in effect, you have the target of a corruption probe -- Lieberman's husband, Stuart Michelson, was also paid by Chait after she voted in favor of the developer's project -- hiring a cooperating witness of the same investigation. Only in Broward.  

Enough of that for now. Inside there are two more photos, including an obscene one involving Stone at the parade and another one, much more obscene than the last, taken I believe somewhere in Europe.

Here's the first:

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