BY BUDDY NEVINS
Does former County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman miss the limelight?
She was termed limited off the commission in November shortly after losing an election for judge.
Did you notice that she was back in the news last week? I did.
She was arguing that flawed procedures were used in counting the final votes in the Sunrise city election.
Lieberman’s public question about the Sunrise recount – she was quoted in the newspaper – follows her recent appearance at a Tamarac City Commission meeting. She complained about the tenor of the debate surrounding the recall of a Tamarac commissioner, comments which also generated media attention.
Why is Lieberman reemerging?
Like most questions in politics, there is no shortage of people with speculative answers.
Some political observers believe these moves are a way for Lieberman to troll for law clients. But from what I hear, she is doing fine as an attorney in private practice.
Others believe she is keeping her name public to leave the door open for another run for office.
Speculation includes Supervisor of Elections or Clerk of the Courts in 2016. That talk continues despite her statement to the Sun-Sentinel’s Tony Man in November about the Supervisor’s job: “I’m absolutely not interested. I am interested in making sure that we have a good election process.”
I’ve got a different take.
Lieberman has a wealth of government knowledge and long history at the pinnacle of power in Broward. She was a county commissioner from 1996-2012. Before that she was the strong Mayor of Lauderhill and a city commissioner.
Now when she sees something she believes is wrong, she speaks up. It’s imprinted in her DNA after years of giving her opinion on a whole range of issues.
Since she is no longer a county commissioner, she’ll have to struggle harder to get herself heard. That’s going to be the hardest thing for her to get used to after all those years as an elected.