BY BUDDY NEVINS
Julie Shapiro Harris narrowly lost a race for Broward Circuit Court last year, despite spending $115,076 of her own money.
This time around, Shapiro Harris is making a bigger effort to raise money from others for her circuit court race.
Her campaign kickoff next week features an interesting array of political insiders, courthouse fixtures and at least one I can’t place – Crazy Ray.
Some other interesting inclusions include two lawyers who have had their licenses suspended in recent years for violating Florida Bar rules – one for shoplifting and another for threatening another lawyer and then failing to respond to Bar inquiries.
(I believe in forgiveness so I’m not using their names.)
Shapiro Harris, whose husband is Democratic activist Barry Harris, has snared a cross section of supporters for her kickoff.
There is Republican support, including former Broward Republican Chair Rico Petrocelli, whose name is misspelled on the invitation, and Oakland Park Commissioner Shari McCartney.
There are representatives of both wings of the local Democratic organization – dissidents like Cynthia Busch and the supporters of Chair Mitch Ceasar like Ken Evans.
There are lobbyists like Bill Laystrom and Russ Klenet. Courthouse rebels like lawyer Kevin Kulick. Political historical figures like lawyer Eddie Kay, the party’s chair in the 1970s.
Office holders like Democratic grande dame Lori Parrish, the property appraiser; County Commissioners Marty Kiar and Stacy Ritter; Mayor Michael Udine of Parkland and Commissioner Bob Levy of Plantation and many others.
It’s an impressive group. However, it doesn’t impress me as a list of big spenders.
I wonder how many will bring checks?
We shall see.
In the meantime, the courthouse whisper is that at least two others are planning to jump into the race against Shapiro Harris early next month.
She was smart sewing up this support early.
Here is the invitation (Click to Enlarge):