Sofia Vergara's boyfiend appears ready to finally run for United States Senate. He's scheduled to announce at 2 p.m. at the Sagamore hotel in Miami Beach, according to a press release.
For months, he has flirted with the idea. Recently, we noted, he was spied dining with Gov. Rick Scott (and now Gov. Rick Perry's) pollster, Tony Fabrizio. The real force behind the possible candidacy is Fabrizio's longtime pal and sometime-dirty trickster Roger Stone, who lives on Miami Beach, as does Fabrizio.
Oh, yeah, the potential candidate's name is Nick Loeb. His father is friends with Stone.
Some background from a January blog post on the boyfriend of the Modern Family actress:
Loeb said friends are encouraging him to run, and he's seriously considering it. But unlike Scott, he would plan on being a more traditional candidate who raises money from others.
"I'm not going to put $76 million into the race. I don't have $76 million," he said with a laugh. He said his girlfriend is supportive of him. He said their relationship was tested after he had a horrible car accident.
"Sofia was wonderful. She took care of me," he said. "During the Emmies, after she was nominated, she didn’t go out to the parties. She came right back to the hospital and stayed with me and she stayed on a green plastic bench thing for several days. She’s been great."
This wouldn't be Loeb's first foray into politics. He ran but withdrew from a Delray Beach state House seat to seak a state Senate seat, but withdrew from that as well amid a divorce.
Loeb once ran for the seat vacated by current Senate candidate, former House Republican leader Adam Hasner of Delray Beach. Loeb's a friend of Hasner.
Another buddy of Hasner, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, threw his hat in the ring recently. With good name ID, etc, he's an early frontrunner.
But there's another connection between the rumored candidates, Mack and Loeb. Both have a tie to gossip zine radar online. After Loeb's horrid car accident, he became a radaronline feature. Mack's wife, Rep. Mary Bono Mack (former wife of the former Sonny and Cher singer), was the subject of a not too flattering pic display at radaronline as well. (Note: the Macks weren't married at the time).