BY BUDDY NEVINS
Does judicial candidate Lloyd Golburgh have problems with the Judicial Qualifications Commission along with Howard Finkelstein?
Finkelstein, the popular public defender, appears ready to start speaking against Golburgh.
Meanwhile, the candidate is writing on Facebook about getting the endorsement of Weston Democratic Club President Ann Zucker. If this isn’t a violation of the prohibition against partisan campaigning by judicial candidates, it is breaking the spirit of the rule.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Golburgh’s opponents file a complaint with the JQC.
Here is his comments on the Facebook page of the Weston Democratic Club:
“Lloyd H. Golburgh, Esq. for Broward County Court Judge It’s another beautiful Sunday. Got an endorsement from Ann Zucker, my friend from the Weston Democratic Club and member of the Democratic Executive Committee. Tonight is the event honoring David Singer for his humanitarian efforts at the Signature Grand. See you there.
Strictly speaking, Golburgh is not endorsed by a political organization.
But Golburgh’s comment lists Zucker’s title as a Democratic club president and her role on the Democratic Executive Committee. It is posted by him on the Weston Democrtatic Club site.
It is a sleezy attempt by Golburgh to cash on his Democratic connections in a legally non-partisan race.
Zucker’s endorsement is an example of what’s wrong with the Democratic machine. Apparently it is enough that Golburgh is a Democrat, even if he is not the best candidate for Broward County.
She endorsed a DUI attorney over war hero and much-more experienced incumbent Judge Edward Merrigan Jr.
Merrigan won The Bronze Star in September 2004 for running of over 100 operations in Iraq. The citation singled out his “leadership and professionalism, which are good qualities for a judge.
He is currently on active duty and may be deployed again.
Golburgh is, ah, a guy who defends drunk drivers.
But don’t ask me about the merits of the two candidates.
Ask perhaps the most visible Democratic office holder in Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein.
“It is wrong to run against a judge like Judge Merrighan when your only attribute seems to be that you have a Jewish name…You shouldn’t be challenging a war hero on active duty, Finkelstein told me.
I did not solicit this comment from Finkelstein. He made it in the midst of a long conversation over the weekend.
He brought the conversation back to Golburgh twice. Finally I had to ask.
Would Finkelstein attack Lloyd Golburgh during a series of speeches he is making to Democratic, religious, civic and condominium groups in the next few months.
“Probably. What he did was wrong, was his answer.
He said he would not endorse Merrigan.
He would make it clear that he doesn’t like an inexperienced candidate, whose only selling point is his Jewish-sounding name, challenging experienced judges.
So not only does Golburgh have a possible JQC complaint to worry about. He has Finkelstein ready to chase him across Broward and calling him inexperienced and a bad candidate.