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Alan Mendelsohn's door was always open



Alan Mendelsohn's rise to political influence in Florida began more than decade ago, when he and his wife Caryl would host fund-raising events for Republican legislative leaders at their home in the Emerald Hills section of Hollywood. 

You name the up-and-coming legislator and he or she crossed the Mendelsohn threshold. The events were popular because Broward, then as now, was so heavily Democratic: Mendelsohn eagerly took on the role of conduit between the emerging Republican leaders in Tallahassee and the very moneyed local political establishment which desperately wanted entree to the next speaker, Senate president and rules chairman.

THRASHER 2 From the Buzz's vast archives, take a look at this invitation to an event at the Mendelsohn house featuring Jeb Bush and Speaker-designate John Thrasher on behalf of a young House candidate by the name of George LeMieux. (Sorry for the mediocre quality, but faxed fund-raising invites on thermal paper don't usually survive for 11 years). But this particular cast of players was too good to leave in the files.   

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:20pm]


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