BY BUDDY NEVINS
I’ve heard of judicial candidates running to better than income. I’ve heard of judicial candidates running to beef up their pension (Ilene Lieberman? More on that later.)
But I’ve never heard of one running that is $382,804 in debt.
That’s lawyer Michael Rocque.
Rocque is running against Circuit Judge Dale Ross.
His financial disclosure shows him very far under water on real estate investments, down with the rock lobsters and coral reefs.
He owns four pieces of property in Southeast Fort Lauderdale and some are worth half of what he paid for them.
This is a problem since he earns only about $85,000-a-year. Even if the real estate market improves. Even if he wins and doubles that salary. He will be far under water for years.
I don’t know if he is a good lawyer, a great lawyer or a fabulous lawyer. I don’t know if he will make a terrific judge.
I do know he stinks as a real estate investor.