Seiler: I Hardly Know Rothstein


Mayor Jack Seiler of Fort Lauderdale wants you to know something:  He hardly knows admitted swindler Scott Rothstein.


Scott Rothstein in better days

The money that the mayor’s campaign got from Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler had nothing to do with Rothstein. My post about the money is here.

Seiler says that he knows almost every lawyer at Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler independently of Rothstein.

“I don’t think I ever met him with Scott about writing a check, the mayor says.

He says the defunct Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler firm “never did a fund raiser for me. I never went to the firm for a fund raiser for me.  I never asked Rothstein for money.

He says Rothstein’s in-house lobbyist Grant Smith “delivered” some money from the Rothstein firm. Collecting money from various contributors and delivering it to a candidate is commonly called bundling.

“’I’ve known Grant for years, Seiler says. “You know, his father is (former Congressman) Larry Smith.

Yeah, we know.

He says another Rothstein lawyer Robert Buschel had been his supporter for a decade.

“Bushel did my first fund raiser for my House seat, says Seiler, who was in the Florida House 2000-2008.

He says he met Rothstein associate David Boden when he was appointed as a mediator on a case involving the soft drink company National Beverage, where Boden was a lawyer. 

Lawyers Gary Farmer, Steve Lippman and others delivered checks, Seiler says.

Much of the money from the Rothstein firm is dated the same day — March 4, 2008 starting with campaign contribution No. 3 from Rothstein lawyer Les Stracher.

Seiler says he knew the rest of the lawyers giving him money because of his long political and courthouse career.  All except Rothstein.

Seiler’s bottom line:  “Rothstein is the guy I knew the least at that firm.


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7 Responses to “Seiler: I Hardly Know Rothstein”

  1. Chaz Stevens says:

    Uh oh. Buddy wrote another story about Jackie Boy… Someone alert Seiler’s White Knight Crew… They need to ride to his rescue.

    Being the good samaritan that I am, let me help Mayor McCheese out for the time being…

    Move on folks. No story here. Nothing here for you to see.

    To his handlers, I suggest you get Jackie in a room with a Cabbage Patch Doll and ask him nice and quietly the following question about Scott Rothstein.

    Where did bad man touch you“?

    Chaz Stevens, Genius

  2. the cat ate the canery says:

    Why is everyone who was licking all over Scott Rothestein’s ding dong all of a sudden trying to distance themselves from him?

    This sounds like some bullsheet Evan Jenne said in the Sunsentinel awhile ago. You were all over him before so don’t run now.

    Sounds like the cat ate the canery to me.

    Evan Jenne and Barbra Stern have not returned Rothestein money.

  3. K-man says:

    He says he met Rothstein associate David Boden when he was appointed as a mediator on a case involving the soft drink company National Beverage, where Boden was a lawyer.

    Hmmmm maybe you should ASK HIM if that was the same case in which Scott Rothstein had been hired as outside counsel to represent National Beverage Corporation?

  4. Honorable For a Reason says:

    Jack Seiler is the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale. Prior to that he was a Member of the Florida House of Representatives. Prior to that he was Mayor of Wilton Manors. In all of that time, Jack has performed honorably. His ethics have been tested over and over again. The guy’s performance has been beyond reproach.

    Nobody I know of has ever caught Jack in a lie or doing anything inappropriate.

    So if Jack Seiler tells you that he hardly knew someone, in whatever context that statement was made, I think he’s entitled to to be believed without the unearned disrespect of a hmmmm.

    Frankly, if I had served as long and honorably as Jack has in public office, and if someone doubted my word on something like “how well do you know this person” without any particular reason, I’d tell them to hmmmm on this….if you get my drift.

    Now, if anybody can show that the situation is otherwise that’s one thing. However, barring that, even in this messed up world we live in, I would like to think that we can still take a man at his word.

    It is very important that we not lose faith in the ability of our leaders to tell the truth because the options from there are very bleak. Honestly, I would rather risk the occasional disappointment that become one of these useless cynics that doesn’t believe in anything. Nothing good can come of that approach to life.

  5. Charley Varrick says:

    My parents taught me at an early age to never accept gifts from strangers. It’s a pity that Charlie Crist, Jack Seiler et al never got the same sage advice.

  6. Chaz Stevens says:

    @Honorable said
    t is very important that we not lose faith in the ability of our leaders to tell the truth

    I never had the faith to begin with…

  7. lies says:

    I told you my bullsheet-o-meter exploded listening to his lies…