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Crazy or loyal? Lobbyist holds fundraiser for Nan Rich campaign


FriedmanBernie Friedman, whose income as a Becker & Poliakoff lobbyist hinges in no small part on a Republican-led Legislature, is hosting a fundraiser for his friend and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich.

The folks in Tallahassee have noticed. And Rich, who has campaigned tirelessly but has little money to show for it, sure could use the financial help to unseat incumbent GOP Gov. Rich Scott and his mega-millions campaign.

Indeed, there's a theory that Friedman et al are actually helping Scott, too, by propping up Rich in an effort to combat former Republican-turned-Democrat Gov. Charlie Crist, who is likely to run.

"I have had the honor and privilege of calling Senator Nan Rich my friend and mentor for more than twenty years," Friedman wrote. "Nan is a tireless advocate for those in need. With her passion, integrity and leadership, she will be a great Governor for the State of Florida.  I hope you will join us at this event."

The host committee for the fundraiser, at the home of trial lawyer Howard Talenfeld Sept. 26 (click image to enlarge): Alex & Maria Abate, Elaine Appel, Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, Howard Bakalar, Emilio Benitez, Nancy & Louis Berlin, Elliot Borkson, Comm. Claudette Bruck, Sen. Walter “Skip” Campbell, Alan Cohn, Maureen S. Dinnen, Bishop Thomas Douglas, Richard & Mindy Drath, Rep. Katie Edwards, Joel & Susan Fass, Clerk of Courts Howard Forman, Sarah Franco, Bernie & Marta Friedman, Randall & Heather Gilbert, Dr. Ira & Marietta Glazer, Amy Goldin & Brian Strelitz, Ruth and Sylvan Goldin, Evan Goldman, Comm. Angel Gomez, Comm. Sue Gunzburger, Dennis Haas, Rabbi Sheldon J. Harr, Marc Harris, Hal & Lois Herman, Joan & Henry Karp, Mark Ketcham, Comm. Martin Kiar, Babette Kosar, Arlene Lakin, Hon. Laurie Rich Levinson, Alan & Marsha Levy, Bruce & Jane Levy, Rebecca Miele, Audrey Millsaps, Alan Mishael, Dr. Arthur Palamara, Mayor Judy Paul, George Platt, Lourdes Pons, Dr. Allan Ribbler, Brett Robins, Derrick S. Roberts, Harry & Jackie Rosen, Hon. Franklin & Leslie Sands, Hon. Mike Satz, Mindy Shrago, David Schulman, Rep. Richard & Debra Stark, Mitch Talenfeld, Jeffrey Wank, Diane Weinbrum, Karen Zemel.

**This post has been updated.