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Meet the Roger Stone protege running Aakash Patel’s Hillsborough Commission campaign

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Hillsborough County businessman Aakash Patel raised more than $51,000 (although that figure includes a $20,000 loan) in June for his campaign for the Hillsborough County Commission. Campaign finance records show that Patel spent $19,000 paying New Jersey-based political consultant Elnatan Rudolph, a man with a colorful past, to say the least. Identified in press reports as “a self-described protege of Roger Stone,” the venerable and controversial GOP operative, Rudolph is something of a political wunderkind, beginning his career when he was 16 years old when…

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