State Sen. Maria Sachs, a Boca Raton Democrat, came under fire from the chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee on Monday for her decision to rent a condominium from Judith Stern, a Broward political consultant, and her daughter, as her means of establishing residency in the county.
Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, who backed Sachs’ rival in a bitter general election fight, accused Sachs of not living at the condo and, as a result, “violating the law.” He used the incident to lay the groundwork for rejecting the appointment of Stern’s daughter, Barbra Stern, to the Florida Elections Commission.
Said Latvala: “The issue here for me to determine today is: Is this Elections Commission participating in flouting the Constitution?’’
Sachs responded in a statement: “I have fully met the requirements of the law regarding legal residency in District 34.”
“Politics ended the day that session began,” she said, noting that she is focused on other issues.