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Commissioner under investigation hires corruption expert

Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin has hired attorney Bruce Udolf to represent her while she remains under investigation by Broward prosecutors. The state attorney's office has not revealed why they are investigating the commissioner but in recent weeks sent subpoeans to multiple cities where her grant-writing husband has done work in the past. Those subpoeanas came from Catherine Maus, the prosecutor who won the trial against Hollywood City Commissioner Keith Wasserstrom.

Udolf supervised prosecutions of public officials when he was chief of the Public Integrity section at the U.S. Attorney's office. He lost the Democratic primary for sheriff in 2008.

"She intends to cooperate,'' said Udolf, who wouldn't explain if that means she will speak with prosecutors. "She welcomes the investigation. We look forward to it being resolved in her favor."

The timing couldn't be worse for the commissioner who faces re-election in August. So far, she has no opponent and has raised $158,000 but the publicity about the investigation could prompt others to jump into the race.

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