BY BUDDY NEVINS
Gov. Rick Scott has two sets of high-power, plugged-in references from two Broward judges who want a promotion.
It is interesting to see whom County Judge John Fry and Stacy Ross listed to vouch for them. They are seeking a step up to the circuit court.
State Attorney Mike Satz, a Democrat, and County Commissioner Chip LaMarca, a Republican, are listed as references for both.
Who were the other references?
A former Margate cop and former U. S. Marine, Fry is 46 and married.
Fry listed as references:
*Former Sheriff Al Lamberti,
*Chief Judge Peter Weinstein,
*Property Appraiser Lori Parrish,
*Sam Goren, an attorney with an extensive practice representing Broward governments,
*Coconut Creek Vice Mayor Lisa Aronson,
*Michael Dutko, a veteran Broward criminal defense attorney,
*Howard Greitzer, a Fort Lauderdale attorney who practices criminal law and family law, and
A former Broward prosecutor and daughter of former Chief Judge Dale Ross, Stacy Ross is 42 and married.
Ross listed as references:
*Broward Circuit Judge Martin Bidwill,
*Broward Circuit Judge Tom Lynch,
*Broward Circuit Judge Carlos Rebollo,
*School Board member Katie Leach,
*State Rep. George Moraitis Jr.,
*William Scherer, a politically powerful downtown Fort Lauderdale lawyer and friend of the governor,
*Norman Tripp, name partner in Fort Lauderdale’s best-known Republican law firm, Tripp Scott,
*David Di Pietro, an attorney, North Broward Hospital District commissioner and former general counsel of the Broward Republican Party.
Keep in mind there are four other qualified lawyers vying for the judicial appointment – Rene Harrod, an assistant county attorney; Anthony Loe, a Broward prosecutor, Charles Morehead, a civil litigation litigator and Abbe Rifkin, a Miami-Dade senior trial prosecutor.
Gov. Scott could pick one of these.
But if Scott wants someone who has been a Broward judge, he has only Fry and Ross’ applications in front of him.
Which one, Fry or Ross, has the best references? Do any of the references matter to Scott?
Scott will decide and then make his choice, as early as this week.