It's official: Ilene Lieberman to run for judge

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It wasn't long ago that prosecutors were investigating her ties to a pair of dirty developers. Now Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman wants to be a judge.

It's official: Lieberman paid $5,371.30 this morning to file to run for county judge in the Group 6 seat, according to Mary Cooney, public services director for the Broward Supervisor of Elections.

Just weeks ago, Lieberman was expected to be a key witness for the state in a corruption case against Tamarac Mayor Beth Talabisco, her former friend. Talabisco was accused of accepting $19,000 in secret contributions from the Chaits in exchange for her vote for their controversial golf course development.

Talabisco was accused of striking a corrupt deal with bribe-paying developers Bruce and Shawn Chait. Lieberman, who was a political mentor to Talabisco at the time, was at the heart of the case and gave contradictory statements in her own testimony for which she received immunity from prosecution. 

At the same time Lieberman was supporting the Chaits' development, the developers contributed more than $25,000 to the Transplant Foundation, where Lieberman was serving on the board. Prosecutors subpoenaed those records as part of the investigation but filed no charges against Lieberman.

During the investigation and her cooperation, Lieberman missed numerous commission meetings and was largely silent when she was in attendance.  But in recent months she's returned to her very vocal self. Despite her recent problems, Lieberman, who for years has cultivated large campaign chests from lobbyists and special interests, will surely be a formidable candidate.