BY BUDDY NEVINS
What does the head of the Democratic National Committee, a candidate for governor and Broward’s property appraiser have in common?
They are all Democratic heavyweights and they are all hosting a fund raiser for Sunrise City Commission candidate Yomtov “Vivi” Assidon.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former state senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich and Property Appraiser Lori Parrish may not be at the campaign event at a west Sunrise pizza joint on Jan. 29. But their names are the only ones on the invitation for Assidon.
Assidon is one of seven candidates to fill the seat of Sheila Alu, who resigned in December.
Why all those candidates want the job on one of the more historically dysfunctional commissions in Broward is not a mystery? I’m told the job pays the best of any commission, more than $50,000-plus lavish benefits. That is supposedly more than bigger cities like Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood.
Sunrise voters can judge if they are getting their money’s worth.
On his campaign website, Assidon promises to “opt out from the excessive, costly benefits and expense allowance that Sunrise Commissioners receive, saving residents about $10,000 per year. “ Whatever that really means, it appears to be a step in the right direction.
Assidon was last in the news as a New Orleans Estate resident whose home was destroyed by a tornado Oct. 19, 2011.
He had just gotten up to get some ice cream from the kitchen while watching TV – “Dancing with the Stars” was his reported choice for the evening.
That ice cream may have saved his life. While he was out of the room, the storm ripped the roof off his TV room.
He is now living with his wife in another neighborhood of Sunrise.
Assidon moved from Israel many years ago. He apparently enjoys torture because he has been a regular at the Sunrise city commission meetings.
Interested in politics for many years, Assidon met many big name Democratic pols as a member of the West Broward Democratic Club.
Parrish was introduced to Assidon outside of politics. He was a vendor at the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop, when she was an administrator there two decades ago.
She called him “a very nice, kind man.”
Hosting a fund raiser doesn’t necessarily mean endorsing his election, which under law requires the signing of a formal endorsement card.
Parrish told Browardbeat.com that wasn’t formally endorsing Assidon because it may cause “hurt feelings” among the other candidates.
None of the three politicians on the invitation live in Sunrise. Wasserman Schultz and Rich live in Weston, while Parrish is a resident of Davie.