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Candidate to raise money at Rothstein's old stomping ground

Never let a bad association with a convicted Ponzi schemer get in the way of a good cocktail.

North Miami City Commissioner Scott Galvin, a candidate for Congress, will hold a cocktail reception Saturday at Bova Prime in Fort Lauderdale -- the restaurant once intimately linked with disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein, who faces up to a 100 years in prison when sentenced in June.

Rothstein was part owner in the restaurant which remains open for business despite the fact that owner Tony Bova filed for bankruptcy. Bova's is located on the first floor of the building that once housed the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm that crashed last fall.

Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colorado) is expected to speak, and Broward Mayor Ken Keechl is
expected to attend, according to an invite on Galvin's website.

Galvin's campaign consultant Derek Newton said he didn't know Rothstein was associated with the restaurant and said he personally chose the spot simply because it is a block away from a home where the campaign will be later in the night.

"We have nothing to do with Rothstein or any of this stuff,'' he said.