BY BUDDY NEVINS
What did legendary political consultant Roger Stone do in the sheriff’s race?
I believe he helped mastermind Sheriff Al Lamberti’s win last week.
Now a college intern who worked at GOP fund raiser Scott Rothstein’s law firm has provided an inside look at the campaign and Stone’s role in it.
Intern Andrew Perez’s recollections about the sheriff’s race backs up my contention: Stone’s help was vitally important to Lamberti.
Why all this speculation and commotion about Stone? Because he is part of this nation’s history. You can’t say that about any other Broward County political consultant.
Stone is best remembered in South Florida for helping stage the 2000 riot in front of the Miami-Dade County government center that frightened officials into calling off the presidential ballot recount. But his renown goes back much father than that.
All the way back to when Stone was a dirty trickster for President Richard Nixon. Stone’s job was to help sabotage the campaign of U. S. Sen. Ed Muskie, the president’s leading challenger in the early days of the 1972 campaign.
Stone even has a tattoo of Nixon on his back. It was on display in a picture accompanying the revealing New Yorker profile of him earlier this year.
Stone has recently been working out of Rothstein’s law firm in downtown Fort Lauderdale. That’s where Stone met Perez, an intern at the firm.
In his role as intern, Perez had a unique peak at the campaign for Broward sheriff from behind the closed doors of the Rothstein firm.
Here are Perez’s views on why Democrat Scott Israel lost.