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Sachs maintains Broward residency by renting condo from consultant

Sen. Maria Sachs, a Democrat whose district was reconfigured because of redistricting to stretch into Broward County, maintains a residence in Fort Lauderdale by renting a condo from a prominent political consultant and gaming lobbyist. 

Sachs, vice chairman of the Senate Gaming Committee, was re-elected to the Senate in November after a bitter election battle against former Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale. She told the Herald/Times she signed a lease to rent the condo on NE 9th St. in Fort Lauderdale from her long-time friend Judy Stern, but did not know she represented gambling clients. 

Stern is not registered to lobby in Tallahassee but represents Mardi Gras Casinos and Delaware North, a food service and gaming machine company, in Broward County.

 “Judy Stern and I go back many many years -- before I started in the legislature. We’re girlfriends,’’ Sachs said. “I didn’t know that those were her clients I think because she never lobbied me.’’

Sachs has carried a racing "de-coupling" bill for years that has been the top priority of Dan Adkins, vice president and Chief Operating Officer for Hartman and Tyner, which owns Mardi Gras Gaming in Hallandale Beach. The bill would allow dog tracks to shed their ailing dog racing business and continue to operate their lucrative slot machines and card rooms. 

Sachs said Stern doesn't need to lobby her on Mardi Gras-related issues. "Danny does a good job all by himself,'' she said.

Stern said she has had the condo on NE 9th St. in Fort Lauderdale for years and Sachs pays for the condo “every month by check. It's her residence."

But Sachs, who also owns a home in Boca Raton outside her district and a condo in Tallahassee where she lives during the session, also uses the Fort Lauderdale address to establish her district residency. She is registered to vote in Broward County. 

Sachs said she used to live in Broward County but moved to Palm Beach County, where she first ran for Senate, before renting the Broward condo. “The district changed and I changed with it,’’ she said. 

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I'm sure this would have come out on Good Friday if it was a Republican

I bet the canceled checks for this apartment are in the same place as the missing limo receipts.

whasup

We're girlfriends and I had no idea who she works for?
C'mon! Is it that Maria thinks the mass of simpletons down in Broward and Palm Beach counties won't see the corruption this suggests ... or that the sophisticates down there won't care, because it's corrupt-business as usual?

Frank White

I love how when they are connected to Democrats they are "consultants," but if this was a Republican they would be called "Lobbyists"

Juan

Sachs is a class act among a dens of Vipers.

Mike Lameyer

Bogdanoff is starting early. Bogdanoff failed to mention she is a practicing paid lobbyists and has been for years.

Mike Lameyer

If Bogdanoff runs against Sachs maybe I will run as an Independent now that would be interesting.

Amazed

This article, in case you missed it, is about CORRUPT DEMOCRAT SENATOR SACHS.

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