BY BUDDY NEVINS
She’s back…but does anybody want her?
We’ll find out next August if voters support Former Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom of Fort Lauderdale’s latest quest for office.
This bid comes after she lost an election for the county commission last year and an election for the Fort Lauderdale commission earlier this year.
Rodstrom opened her latest campaign for county commission on Tuesday.
When Rodstrom ran last year for county commission it was for District 7, which includes her Fort Lauderdale home. She lost to Tim Ryan.
Now she is trying her luck in a different area of the county — District 2, which includes Coconut Creek and portions of Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Margate and Coral Springs.
Fort Lauderdale is not in District 2.
In fact, District 2 is far from her base – folks in east Fort Lauderdale McMansions or in older manses sheltering those living moneyed lives.
To win next year, Rodstrom will have to convince voters that she is moving to middle-class Broward.
Maybe she will leave her home of several decades. It is on deep water on Nurmi Isles and is valued at $1.623 million on Zillow.
Maybe Rodstrom will to move to a rental in the heart of her new district, maybe to Wynmoor.
Wait a minute. Didn’t one of her opponents already do that?
Yup, Democrat Mark Bogen claims he is living in a Wynmoor rental. The lawyer, who lived for the past several years in six-bedroom, 5,732 square foot home in Wellington in Palm Beach County, suddenly moved into the Wynmoor senior condo community to run.
As of now, the third candidate in the race, Coconut Creek Commissioner Lisa Aronson, is the only candidate who has consistently lived in the district.
Meanwhile, I would like to meet the political genius who told Charlotte Rodstrom she could win far from her home when she couldn’t win in her own district among her neighbors.
Oh, yeah, I’ve met the genius: John Rodstrom, her husband and a former county commissioner.
After I posted this, a local political consultant pointed out to me Tony Man’s Twitter feed from this a.m. when Rodstrom filed for office.
Tried for photo of lobbyist Judy Stern & pal-turned-enemy Char Rodstrom just now at county Govt Center. Stern raced up escalator to flee./AM
The background: Stern was bosom buddies with Charlotte Rodstrom for years. Then Rodstrom decided to run for county commission in 2012 against the wishes of Stern. The two had a falling out, with Stern even working for Tim Ryan’s campaign against Charlotte Rodstrom.
This same political consultant said that Rodstrom had a good chance to win.
He called Aronson a “lazy” campaigner and a “horrible” fund raiser. He believes there is a good chance Aronson will drop out.
He said Bogen had too much baggage, with his carpetbagging. “At least Charlotte lives in Broward, not Palm Beach County. And he’s breaking rules by living in a senior community and being too young.” He pointed me to the story you can read here in Mediatrackers.org.