BY BUDDY NEVINS
Northeast Broward state House candidate George Moraitis may have grass roots support.
But opponent David Maymon has the big-money GOP and Tallahassee insiders in his camp, according to a list of hosts for his fund raiser this week.
Is the embrace of insiders a good thing for Maymon?
Will the insiders hurt Maymon in a year when voters are lashing out at representatives of the status quo like lobbyists and party officials?
We’ll see when the votes are counted in the August GOP primary. That’s when Maymon and Moraitis square off for Florida House District 91.
They are the leading candidates to grab the Republian-leaning district, which runs mostly in northeast Broward. It is now held by state Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, who is leaving it to run for state Senate.
A third GOP candidate is Yomin Postelnik and the Democrat is Barbra Stern, daughter of lobbyist Judy Stern.
Moraitis is getting much of his money from individuals, many living in the beachfront district. He has just under $50,000, with $17,000 from his own pocket.
Maymon has a lot of money from outside the district, from around the state, from lobbyists and from corporations in health care and telecommunications that could be termed “special interests. He raised almost $128,000, about half from his own money.
Maymon has the support of Broward GOP Chair Chip LaMarca. He also has former Broward GOP leaders Barbara Collier and Ed Pozzouli. And high-rolling Republican business types like Belinda Keiser, the executive of a chain of private colleges owned by her husband.
May would say there is also a dark side to his support — lobbyists.
They bring money to the table, but in scandal-stained Broward today attack ads could easily turn their support into a liability.
On the fund raiser’s host committee are lobbyists Jim Blosser, Justin Sayfie, Candice Ericks, Dave Ericks and Bernie Friedman.
Here is the invitation to Maymon’s fund raiser tomorrow:
cordially invite you to a fundraising reception honoring
Florida State Representative Candidate
Thursday, January 28, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
333 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
Maximum Allowable Contribution,
$500 per person, spouse and/or business entity
(Corporate and personal checks accepted)