With Mike Haradopolo's not-quite-but-pretty-official announcement he's running for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, the floodgates have officially been opened to what's sure to be a crowded GOP ticket.
Now comes word that Nicholas Loeb, the guy with a mega-rich family who also happens to be seeing international hottie Sofia Vergara on the regular, may throw his hat into the ring. That's according to New York gossip column Gatecrasher, because there's nothing more appropriate than hinting at your Florida political run in an NYC gossip column. This comes a few months after Page Six broke the very important Florida political news that he had gubernatorial ambitions.
It makes sense, though, that every Tom, Dick and Harry Republican in Florida is thinking about running. Marco Rubio could hold onto his senate seat for years, and Rick Scott will likely run for for re-election, meaning this could be the last real chance Republican pols have to run for a big statewide office until 2018. So maybe Loeb couldn't wait for the Governor chair.
Loeb previously ran for a state Senate seat in the coastal Broward and Palm Beach county area. He ended up dropping out after his wife was arrested for a DUI and ended up divorcing him after reconnecting with an ex-boyfriend from Sweden. He also drove his car off a cliff in Bel Air earlier this year, and his relationship with Vergara would only bring more attention to what seems like a sticky mess of a personal life.
His great-grandfather also happens to be Mayer Lehman, yes, one of the original Lehman Brothers, and his dad was ambassador to Denmark under Ronald Reagan.
Not content with merely being a rich kid, he's always had naive ambitions to seek the lime light
"When I got to Tulane University in New Orleans, I thought I wanted to be the next Ronald Reagen," he said in a 2002 interview "So I was a Theater/Political Science major. I soon realized that theater was more the history of theater and stage design than how to be an actor. I wasn't an Theater major anymore. When I realized that Political Science was more history of politics than how to be a politician, I dropped that too. When you go to college, you don't know what's what. So I jumped on the bandwagon and did what the rest of my friends were doing, and went to business school."
Then his cousin, Edgar Bronfman Jr., bought a studio and he started working as a movie producer for a short while before returning to Delray to work as business consultant.
Amongst the never-made movies Loeb was working on before he left show business:
"I'm working on a movie now about a married guy who loses three-quarters of his testicles in an industrial accident on the day he's going to make a baby with his wife. He goes on a journey to try to buy his sperm back that he had donated when he was young at sperm banks all over the country so he could buy his wife a ring. It's like There's Something About Mary. He's outside a sperm bank one day after they'd tossed away a lot of sperm. And he falls into the dumpster. It's really funny and grotesque. And it's a cute story. It's all about his love for his wife. He wants to have this complete family because he was an orphan but he doesn't really understand what family values are all about. He could adopt a kid. It's a cute, fun, raunchy comedy.
Bronfman, by the way, is the CEO of Warner Music group and father of Ben Brewer, who happens to be engaged to politically controversial rapper M.I.A. Oh, to be a fly on the wall during that family reunion.
So, basically, he's a rich guy with lots of Hollywood connections who wants to run for Senate from Florida? This sounds like Jeff Greene all over again, and boy can we not wait until it happens.
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