Ari Porth Bows Out Of Stacy Ritter Run

3 Jun

We’d heard wind that state Rep. Ari Porth has doubled back on his proposed bid to run against embattled and investigated Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter.

Today Porth confirmed to Local 10 that he was abandoning his idea to challenge Ritter. Instead he wants to be a judge and will vie for the seat on the bench being vacated by outgoing Chief Broward Judge Victor Tobin. Here’s the email Porth, who works as a truancy prosecutor, wrote me today after being asked about it:


Mr. Norman,

As promised, I wanted to keep you in the loop. Last night, the Florida Bar posted on it’s website @ that Judge Tobin’s seat is open for appointment. I have decided to apply for that circuit seat.
My focus at the State Attorney’s Office over the last 15 years and in the Legislature over the last 7 has been on helping at risk youth. Continuing to work with that population on the delinquency or dependency bench has been desire of mine for many years, and I hope to be positively considered by the members of the nominating commission and the Governor should my name be recommended.
All the best,

Well, with this announcement, the world of Broward politics just got a lot less interesting. But you can bet Ritter — who has already filed to run for reelection — will be happy about it.

— Any moment now this mess of a blog — with its double scroll bars and jumpless monothilic page — will come to an end. In its place will be a new blog homepage that will have links to the ten most recent blog posts with a flash drive highlighting each one with a click. It’s a huge vast improvement — and those of you who are going to the WordPress version of the blog, it will die a quiet and welcome death. This is a good thing but there may be a couple of hiccups along the way. There is one clear downside: The comments made so far on this format will disappear. For that I apologize, but the new format is so much better that it’s more than worth it. If there are any classics you think must be preserved for posterity, and I know of a few myself, please copy them now.


14 Responses to “Ari Porth Bows Out Of Stacy Ritter Run”

  1. Bubba The Wise June 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Looking forward to a new blog page. This is all a little annoying.

    • All That Glitters..... June 3, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

      Go to get to Bob Norman’s new blog

  2. btan June 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    Yay! See you on the new blog; glad Channel 10’s being responsive. Now they just need to make the blog VISIBLE on Channel 10’s opening page.

  3. Death Frog 3 June 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    Please post how we can get to it… Trying to navigate the Ch 10 site is like trying to circumnavigate the earth in 1232

  4. Death Frog 3 June 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    New Blog is up same shortcut as his old Channel 10 blog and its disqus too!!!!

    • Model Citizen June 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

      What???????? Where is it? Old channel 10 blog? Isn’t it new? I’m lost.

      • All That Glitters..... June 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

        Go to to get to Bob’s new Blog

  5. Patti Lynn June 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    I am sorry that Mr. Porth will not be seeking the County Commission seat, I believe that he is an honest individual who works very hard for his constituents. If there is anything that a regular citizen can do to assure his elevation to the bench, I’m willing to do it.

    As for the Ritter race: It is time to recruit someone from that area whose credentials are unassailable. Bernie Parness comes to mind…although I’m not sure that he’s in that district. Thinking about the Kings Point area, there are a few very scrupulous individuals there. The Broward County Democratic party will not encourage another Democrat to challenge Ritter, regardless of her ethical lapses. Think people, THINK !!!

    • Goldilocks June 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

      Patti, maybe you should consider the seat (unless you are holding out to run again in Tamarac).

    • brow June 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

      Ari Porth deserves whatever position he feels competent to strive for and is headed to lead. A fine young man with a reputable background and personable style, much of what we need badly at present time, across the nation! Sad to hear he is not running against Ritter, bitter bitter,…

  6. Goldilocks June 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    I am sorry Ari is not challenging Stacy. He is honest and decent. His presence would give her a run for the money – so to speak.

  7. RK June 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    I pity the fool that wants to take on Stacey. They will get crushed. We have the machine behind us and an endless pipeline of contributors. Bring it on Bob and the rest of your malcontents. All you have are rumors and half truths and the voters adore love and adore her.

  8. lawyer June 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Just what we need another hack new yourrk jew judge. Someone that came from a bullshit state attorneys office doing a bs job that he got with political connections.

  9. All That Glitters..... June 3, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Everyone has to ove to Bob Norman’s new Blog site at

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