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Scott Rothstein's big Washington adventure

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November

On the day George LeMieux was sworn in as U.S. Senator, a black limousine pulled up outside the Capitol and out popped a well-dressed bunch including Scott Rothstein, the now-beleaguered lawyer and political fundraiser. That's the last we saw of him.

But Rothstein and entourage kept the party going later on at Charlie Palmer's steakhouse, where he mixed it up with Florida political insiders. Bernard McCormick, a blogger and publisher of the glossy Gold Coast magazine, has these details (which he tells the Buzz is based on a "very well" placed source):

"Rothstein soon approached the table of political staffers and singled out Shane Strum, the soon-to-be chief of staff for Gov. Crist. 'Mr. Strum, may I have a word with you,' Rothstein asked. He pulled Strum aside, put his arm on his shoulder and began to make a pitch for one of Rothstein’s clients. The staffers cringed. It looked like a scene from The Godfather, and Strum clearly wanted none of it."

Read the blog here. LeMieux's office tells us that Rothstein was not on the invite list, meaning he showed up with others who were.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:26pm]

    

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