Rothstein Brought Into Tea Bagger Dispute
Will State Attorney Michael Satz change his public image with the current criminal investigation into public officials, or will he cement his legacy as a leader who let corruption thrive in Broward County for decades? Time will tell. (Thanks to Model Citizen for another classic).
-- In the ongoing crazy dispute between batshit tea baggers and wingnut "tax activist" Doug Guetzloe, a new lawsuit has been filed that features the disappeared Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein. In the suit, Guetzloe claims the Republican Party used Rothstein and Rothstein's money to try to discredit him and his tea bagger faction. Guetzloe, whom I've interviewed in the past, seems to be basing his claim on an anonymous email from someone calling himself "Talleytown Patriot," who wrote in December that embattled and recently deposed state Republican chair Jim Greer and his successor, Delmar Johnson, were running a "dark ops effort to discredit your new Tea Party." It goes on to say that Greer "authorized [Delmar Johnson] to fund a guy in Ft. Lauderdale and that has already received funds from RPOF and from Rothstein to
infiltrate the tea party effort. This guy is a yuri and will infiltrate your efforts."
Yuri, eh? You have to love it, the old cold war lingo.
Another piece of "evidence" of the conspiracy used by Guetzloe is that when Republican operatives sued him January 19 over the use of the tea party name, they were represented by former Rothstein attorneys Frank Herrera and Gustavo Saldino. Also one of the operatives suing Guetzloe is Michael Caputo, a longtime associate of Roger Stone's, the dirty trickster who did work for Rothstein and kept an office in the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler offices in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The internecine dispute between the tea bag factions, Guetzloe's suit says, dates to the vote on the SunRail bill that forces the state to pay a whopping $432 million to rail operator CSX for 61 miles of track. The whole deal is under investigation now in what has become known as Wafflegate. Guetzloe was against the project while most of the Republican establishment, including Gov. Charlie Crist, strongly supported it. There is some serious stinkage with that bill.
In other words, this could get really interesting before it's over. Here's a
link to the lawsuit if you'd like to take a crack at it.
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