Mayo Asks, Nevins Answers: Who Can Replace Satz?


Columnist Mike Mayo asks today on “Who Could Take On Broward State Attorney Mike Satz?

I love Mayo’s posts. He can write. He has a sense of humor. He digs into important issues.

So it was natural I read his latest contribution and thought about posting an answer to his question on the Sun-Sentinel blog. 

Then I decided, why not post it here?

Mayo floats two names:

*Sheila Alu.  Among other problems,  Alu hasn’t been a lawyer long enough.  

She passed the Bar on Oct. 5, 2007.  In 2012, Alu will have five years experience by Election Day.  That’s the bare minimum to be a state attorney under the Florida Constitution, Article 5, Section 17.

Her heart is in the right place.  She told me she has management experience as an area property manager for a Maryland company that owned apartment buildings in South Florida.   She has no law enforcement experience other than as a FBI informant.

*Jack Seiler.  He would be an interesting choice.  He is a Democratic with appeal to Republicans and independents, too.  He is very ethical, as far as I know.  (If you know different, write me.) 

Some believe he has been in politics too long to be a impartial state attorney. 

Others point out that the Fort Lauderdale mayor has no law enforcement experience.  He did help write laws as the member of the House.  He runs a law practice, good experience for managing what is essentially a big government law office.

Seiler, however, can’t afford the job.  He has young kids.  He is a very successful litigator.  He would cut his pay by, and I’m estimating, at least in half…if not more.

Property Appraiser Lori Parrish and County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman have been mentioned.

Parrish isn’t eligible– she isn’t an attorney. Although she is a great manager.

Lieberman is a lawyer and does have management experience, as the former strong mayor of Lauderhill.  But her political career, with all the connections and ties that has created, gets in the way.

If you want to take on Satz, the ideal resume would be heavy on the law enforcement and light on the politics.

I would look for a U. S. prosecutor.  Or maybe a judge with a record of being tough.

Oh, here is Mayo’s post.

14 Responses to “Mayo Asks, Nevins Answers: Who Can Replace Satz?”

  1. NowHetero Rev.Ted Haggard says:


    Lori Parrish: not a lawyer, nuff said.

    Sheila (guffaw, ha ha ha ha ha aha, cough, spit dribble)…Alu: unscrupulous, disgusting, drama queen, fake…..need we say (side splitting laugher, crying so hard…) more…uh, PLEEEASE!
    heart in the right place??!! the only place anyone sane would wish ms. alu to be is
    “anywhere BUT Broward”.

  2. Fort Lauderdale Lawyer says:

    Just what has Jack Seiler done to deserve this? Just replacing a fool Jim Naugle doesn’t mean he should be state attorney.

  3. Charley Varrick says:

    After reading this sorry list of contenders , suddenly Satz doesnt seem to be so bad. How does that proverb go , “better the donkey you know than the donkey you don’t know”

  4. NowHetero Rev.Ted Haggard says:

    to Charley Varrick:

    what does this have to with DEMOCRATS?

  5. hearts in the right place says:

    WHAT? You are being facetious right? Hearts in the right place? LOL
    Alu is the most self serving, B.O.W. (that’s bitc# on wheels) that I’ve ever seen coming down the pike. Sends a shiver up the ol’ spine thinking of her representing our county. brrrrrrrrrrrr, suddenly cold in here.

  6. Chaz Stevens, Genius says:


    Ethical wouldn’t be the first word I’d choose to define Jackie Boy…


  7. You forgot a name says:

    …Howard Finkelstein.

    FROM BUDDY: Howard tells me he would never be interested in being the state attorney. Its really a sideway move and Howard is, by nature, a defender of the underdog.

  8. One Name says:

    Judge Imperato.

    FROM BUDDY: A former cop and prosecutor. Interesting choice.

  9. Resident says:

    How about Ari Porth?

  10. Broward Attorney says:

    I also nominate Howard Finkelstein as the candidate to oust Satz. If Howard really believes in the mission of “doing justice,” there is no better place to do the most good than by ousting Satz.

  11. ClaraAg says:

    The truth is anyone can beat Satz by running against violent crime and corruption.

  12. Some More says:

    State Rep. Ari Porth, a prosecutor untouched by Satz.
    Judge Steve DeLuca, a prosecutor with a record of winning an election.
    Judge Ed Merrigan, a war hero.
    Judge Peter Weinstein,who can win.

  13. James says:

    Tony Loe. He has every legal qualification needed, and then some. But I don’t know if he wants to be a politician.

  14. Broward Lawyer says:

    None of the above would run against Satz. We’re stuck with him for 4 more years come 2012.

    P.S. Ari Porth has a no work job at the SAO. Ari is not a REAL prosecutor. He prosecutes truant parents. I’m not kidding that’s what he does.