Maria Sachs’ residency issues resurface in new SD 34 attack ad

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If you were a millionaire, would you live in a tiny condo, or a mansion?

That was the question posed by several people in a new ad confronting state Sen. Maria Sachs, who is once again facing residency questions over her re-election bid for Senate District 34.

The 30-second digital ad — called “Where” — has a group of people asking each other why Sachs would live in a condo, when she has a “mansion” at her disposal.

Another couple asks who would would choose not to live in a district they were elected to represent.

The ad concludes with young two girls, with one wondering aloud why Sachs just doesn’t “tell the truth.”

“I don’t know,” says the other.

Sachs, a Boca Raton Democrat, came under fire in 2013 from Clearwater Republican State Sen. Jack Latvala, chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, for renting a condominium from Judith Stern, a political consultant in Broward County to establish residency in the county.

Latvala called for Gov. Rick Scott to launch a criminal investigation of Sachs, as well as four other Broward lawmakers for violating residency rules.

The ad is produced by “Floridians for Integrity in Government.”

Also mentioned in the ad are articles from BrowardBeat.com about criminal complaints filed against Sachs for lying, as well as a clip of Sachs’ allegedly driving to her waterfront home in Boca Raton.

Redistricting in 2012 had Bogdanoff and Sachs, both incumbents, battling for the same Broward and Palm Beach County district. Sachs won by six points and took over SD 34 in what was one of the state’s most expensive — and combative – races.

Since then, residency is an issue that has shadowed Sachs, particularly in the last two years of her Senate term, although she consistently maintains that she lives in her district. The controversy led to Legislative hearings.

The digital video is now available on YouTube.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.