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Judging Milton Hirsch's Character

Milton Hirsch will

take Barbara Carey-Shuler's money, but he'll hold off on her endorsement.

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the 2010 Miami-Dade judicial candidate doesn't want Angel Gonzalez giving him

the thumbs-up either.

Hirsch removed their names from the official endorsement

list on his campaign website, electmiltonhirsch.com, on November 27, days after

two Miami city commissioners were busted on public corruption charges in


A prominent criminal defense attorney, Hirsch counts Carey-Shuler as one

of his clients. This past September, he accompanied the former Miami-Dade

County commissioner when public corruption prosecutor Richard Scruggs

interviewed her. 

With Hirsch at her side, Carey-Shuler gave a sworn statement

against her protégé, Michelle Spence-Jones, who has been charged with felony

grant theft for allegedly taking $50,000 in public grants. Hirsch also represented Gonzalez's daughter in the case against her father.

Riptide is guessing Hirsch realized it might look bad for an aspiring

judge to accept endorsements from those intimately connected with recent

scandals that threw Miami City Hall into chaos. 

Hirsch, who did not return two messages left with his secretary to comment for this story, might want to weed out some other names on his endorsement list. 

Last time we checked, congressman Alcee Hastings and Miami Lakes councilwoman Nancy Simon are not exactly upstanding elected officials. In 1981, Hastings was impeached and removed as a federal judge after he was charged with accepting a $150,000 bribe in exchange for giving lenient sentences to a couple of accused racketeers. 

Hastings also committed perjury. A jury acquitted him because his alleged co-conspirator refused to testify. 

Simon got into trouble with the state's Department of Business and Professional Regulation last year. Investigators found she had received more than $28,000 in commissions from three separate home sales since allowing her real estate license to expire September 3, 2004. The State Attorney's Office also is investigating the commissions Simon made.

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