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