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Once a skeptic about Crist as Dem, Mitchell Berger now embracing him



Fort Lauderdale lawyer Mitchell Berger, a top Democratic fundraiser for the likes of Al Gore, Joe Lieberman and John Edwards, as well as Jim Davis and Alex Sink, was among the most skeptical Democratic bigs to the prospect of Charlie Crist as the Democratic nominee: ""I know Gov. Crist has had a spiritual journey and has found many of his past positions are not positions he now feels comfortable with. However, that journey is a public record and it is something we will have to defend if he is our nominee," Mitchell said earlier this year.

Apparently, he's come around. Amy Sherman reports:

Former Gov. Charlie Crist will turn to Broward tonight for his first campaign fundraiser at the home of Fort Lauderdale attorney Mitchell Berger.

Other well-known Democrats expected to attend: former Attorney General Bob Butterworth, former state legislators Steve Geller and Dan Gelber and Skip Campbell, County Commissioner Stacy Ritter and lobbyist husband Russ Klenet, Florida Democratic finance chair Andrew Weinstein, attorneys Thomas Panza and Mike Moskowitz and Broward Democratic chairman Mitch Ceasar.  

Berger is a former national Al Gore finance chair and is viewed as one of the most prominent Democratic fundraisers in South Florida.

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“It's all being thrown together rather rapidly,” Berger said.

Broward’s sluggish 41 percent turnout in 2010 contributed to Alex Sink’s loss to Gov. Rick Scott and helped other Republicans win including U.S. Rep. Allen West and Sen. Marco Rubio.

“South Florida is always key to getting a Democratic victory in Florida from 1992 forward whether in a presidential election, Senate election or gubernatorial election," Berger said. "A large turnout in Broward, Palm Beach and Dade counties is very important for any Democratic candidate.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 3:01pm]


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