BY BUDDY NEVINS
Reward and punishment is the glue that holds politics together.
Scott Israel has apparently learned that lesson well…at least, the reward side.
He is rewarding some of his key campaign supporters with jobs. And he is considering handing jobs to other supporters, according to several sources.
The first, already made public, is Ron Gunzburger. He was named BSO general counsel and senior advisor to the sheriff after shaping the message and strategy of Israeli’s winning campaign.
General counsel is in charge of an enormous patronage machine for the Broward Bar. BSO’s general counsel hires outside counsel for everything from lobbyist to confiscations to labor law. The political payoff is this: Attorneys that are hired many times end up as future campaign contribution bundlers.
The second supporter hired, also made public, is South Florida Times writer Elgin Jones. Author of blistierng articles about Sheriff Al Lamberti, Jones has been offered a job working for Israel’s Broward Sheriffs Office in some sort of community relations job.
The next being considered either Lisa Castillo or her husband, Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo. Both campaigned for Israel in Southwest Broward.
Scott Israel with Lisa Castillo (in blue shirt on right) and Larissa Chanzes
Angelo Castillo recently left his job as the chief executive of the AIDS center Broward House.
Lisa Castillo was an aide to former County Commissioner Jim Scott until he got defeated. Then she worked campaigns with consultant Judy Stern. She is being considered for a “high staff position” with key decision making powers, one source said.
(A personal note: I know Castillo. She is smart, super-organized, personable and would do a great job at BSO. I would, however, confine that recommendation to a non-sworn officer job, since Lisa is about 5-foot 2-inches and weighs maybe 100 lbs.)
It is doubtful that Israel will hire both.
The fourth political payoff being contemplated is for Amy Rose, Israel’s campaign consultant. Rose was formally an aide to County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger, Ron’s mother.
Rose may end up a liaison with other governments and agencies for BSO, two sources said.
Rose’s husband, Wally Eccelston, left his state Senate job to work for Israel, according to a Browardbeat.com reader who e-mailed after this was originally posted. That makes the fifth payoff.
There are probably more being considered. As always, if you hear anything, let me know at Browardbeat@hotmail.com