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Newsmax CEO, Republicans raise money for Democrat Aronberg’s state attorney bid

by George Bennett | April 13th, 2012


As publisher of conservative West Palm Beach-based Newsmax Media, Christopher Ruddy‘s support is coveted by many Republicans. Next week, he’ll help a Democrat — former state Sen. Dave Aronberg– raise money for his Palm Beach County state attorney campaign.

“On local races like that, law enforcement, there is no partisan way to handle it,” Ruddy said last month of his support for Aronberg. He said Aronberg is “very highly regarded as an honest, independent, fair-minded person.”


The host committee for a Wednesday lunchtime fundraiser at Newsmax HQ includes several big local GOP names: former Ambassador to the Bahamas and current Mitt Romney money-raiser Ned Siegel of Boca Raton; megadeveloper Llwyd Ecclestone; BIZPAC Review tandem John R. Smith and Jack Furnari and Republican Palm Beach County Commissioners Karen Marcus and Steve Abrams.

Aronberg has enjoyed strong Democratic establishment support since former Democratic state attorney Michael McAuliffe left office for a private-sector job. A recent Aronberg fundraiser included five current or former Democratic members of Congress as co-hosts: Reps. Ted Deutch and Alcee Hastings and former Reps. Ron Klein, Robert Wexler and Harry Johnston.

Aronberg’s support from Democratic leaders led attorney and longtime Dem Robert Gershman to switch his registration to no party affiliation last week so he can run for state attorney without facing Aronberg in a Democratic primary. Gershman plans to file next week. The candidate qualifying period ends next Friday.

Republicans have not fielded a candidate for state attorney.

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16 Responses to “Newsmax CEO, Republicans raise money for Democrat Aronberg’s state attorney bid”

  1. True Republican Says:

    Sid Dinerstein needs to go! There are more Dems running for office in PBC than Republicans. It is Sid’s JOB to find worthly republican to run for office. I refuse to give another dime to the local party until Sid is gone.

  2. Jayne Says:

    What a refreshing change to see people, regardless of party, support the best candidate! Florida needs an honest and highly qualified candidate like Dave Aronberg to be the next State Attorney.

  3. True Republican Says:

    Aronberg never litigated a case in his life. Who’s fooling who?

  4. Carlos Says:

    Come we all know what going on. They are supporting him because he is good at not ligating a case in his life or maybe cover up in a bipartisan manner.

  5. Mary Says:

    “On local races like that, law enforcement, there is no partisan way to handle it,” Ruddy said last month of his support for Aronberg. He said Aronberg is “very highly regarded as an honest, independent, fair-minded person.”

    OMG! Heresy spoken out loud! How can any True Republican not attack a Democrat just for being a Democrat?

    That’s exactly what’s wrong with current politics in this country. Attack, attack, attack – facts or truth or honestly be damned. That applies to both sides.

  6. Politics Says:

    And this is why there is total domination by the democrat party in CORRUPTION PALM BEACH COUNTY.

    And the another possible reason is that they don’t want Aronberg to run for another political office.

  7. Manager Says:

    Aronberg will be a ‘manager and the face of State Attorney’s Office. He will not try a case.

    His trial skills are weak, he’ll direct the minions.

  8. Lady Jusice Says:

    This just ROTS of insider party politics. How does someone with NO TRIAL EXPERIENCE, prosecution OR defense, even have a shot here? How can that be good for this office and/or our community?

  9. Mike Says:

    It’s quite apparent why Chris would back Aronberg.  He’s drawn towards pretty boys and staffs his office with them.   It’s all about the look and very little on the substance.

  10. Downtown Danny Says:

    The gay mafia strikes again. Aronberg is nothing but a complete political hack who would run for anything – the position doe not matter as long as he is on the public payroll.

  11. ted Says:

    Ulterior motive?

  12. FL_Independent Says:

    Well put. Just make note that it was the right that reached across the aisle to help Aronberg. A few more people on the left may take note.

  13. RG3 Says:

    Allen West is a Totalitarian Fascist and supports Disease Profiteers. “individual economic freedom”? For who Mr. West? The people who profit off disease and death and call it “the hospital”? Ayn Rand’s Objective Reality only works for the elites who need to use fear to maintain their power. In West’s view the uneducated masses should stay that way lest they cut away at the ruling classes power and disease profiteering. They don’t want the truth about SUGAR, for example, to get out, then their disease profiteering can continue unimpeded.

  14. e. Feld Says:

    Aronberg is a inexperienced political hack and not suited to be a state attorney. He will appoint one of the gay mafia Edmundson to run the office and continue with pubic corruption. It is too bad McAuliffe stepped down but can’t blame him with the corrupt Democratic leaders working behind his back because they couldn’t own him.

  15. e. Feld Says:

    Aronberg and the Democratic poo-bahs should be indicted on ethics violation for trying to influence the democratic process by threatening Judge Marx and her husband so Aronberg, the gay weasel will run unopposed. the Democratic party leaders are a disgrace and should be run out of office/

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