Scott Rothstein Gets the Love.


I don’t know who Scott’s publicist is, but this Sun-Sentinel article is proof-positive that he or she should get an immediate raise:

Columnist Michael Mayo provides some insight into lawyer Scott Rothstein, who’s become influential in Broward — and beyond.

Here’s Mayo’s take:

I’ll turn to the Yiddish of my grandparents to describe Scott Rothstein, a fast-talking, fast-rising Fort Lauderdale lawyer, businessman and political juggernaut.

In a town that has long been dominated by good ol’ boys, the Bronx-born Rothstein has become a macher.

That means big shot. With a persona that’s part Joe Pesci wiseguy, part H. Wayne Huizenga entrepreneur and part Imelda Marcos spender, Rothstein, 46, has roared from relative obscurity to the top of the local power structure in astonishing time.

“I’m going to ride this wave as long as God allows,” Rothstein said Saturday.

In the past few days alone, Rothstein had a nice chat with his friend John McCain (“He asked how all our local races went; that’s the kind of guy he is”); did some business in New York; held a fundraiser in Miami for rising Republican star Bobby Jindal (the Louisiana governor who might run for president in 2012); spent a day screening judicial applicants for Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal; eulogized one of his best friends, who was killed in a motorcycle wreck; and searched for a liver for a friend who needs a transplant.

Rothstein has become a heavy-hitter for the Republican Party, contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars this year. He was a major McCain supporter and fundraiser, and he was an early backer of Gov. Charlie Crist, incoming Florida Senate President Jeff Atwater and Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti.

He’s a budding philanthropist, recently donating $1 million to Holy Cross Hospital.

His law firm and business empire keep growing, even as the economy slides. While others struggle, Rothstein keeps spending lavishly.

“Whatever he’s doing, it’s working,” said Fort Lauderdale lawyer Bill Scherer, longtime alpha dog in local Republican circles. “I chose his firm as my lawyers, to represent me in some attorney-fee litigation cases. That should tell you something.”

Scott, the press is well-deserved. Congrats buddy.

As for big ole’ Bill Scherer, that last comment really does tell me something. In a completely unrelated development, consider this story.