‘Morning Joe’ offers a jolt of legal analysis from Aronberg
Viewers of the MSNBC “Morning Joe” program have been getting doses of legal analysis from Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg.
He’s appeared on the early morning show about a half-dozen times this year, mostly from a studio in West Palm Beach.
Aronberg has opined on a range of topics, including the Chinese national and possible spy apprehended at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club and the National Enquirer’s threat to publish private pictures of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
On Wednesday, Aronberg weighed in on the college admissions scandal that has snared actress Felicity Huffman, who has agreed to plead guilty, and actress Lori Loughlin, who is charged with her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, with paying bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California.
A snippet of what Aronberg offered: “There’s also a thing called ‘first in, first to win.’ And the first defendants who take the deal would get the best deal like Felicity Huffman. That’s why it doesn’t bode well for Lori Loughlin. She has shown no remorse so far. She has not taken any deal. And so I think there are rough times ahead for her.”
The Harvard College and Harvard Law school graduate was elected state attorney in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. Previously, he served in the Florida Senate and ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for state attorney general. Early in his career, he was an assistant Florida attorney general who specialized in fighting economic crimes.
He made news investigating Miss Cleo, the self-proclaimed psychic and Jamaican shaman — who turned out to be neither Jamaican nor a shaman.
When Aronberg gets a “Morning Joe” invitation, he typically gets a text the day before with subject areas. He said he runs the topics by his ethics counsel to make sure there isn’t any problem talking about a proposed subject. He said he’s declined all media requests for comment on the crackdown on prostitution at Asian massage parlors. (Among the 25 people charged after a sting at a Jupiter massage parlor is New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, so there’s a lot of interest in the subject.)
Wednesday was typical. His alarm was set for 4:50 a.m. He drove from his West Palm Beach home to a studio, also in West Palm Beach. He was on the air starting at 6:30 a.m.
There’s no money, but he said he did get some “Morning Joe” swag: a coffee mug, a shirt and a jacket.
Aronberg said he’s been “Morning Joe” viewer for years. The appearances came about after he was part of a weeklong Defense Department civilian orientation program last summer. One of the other business and political leaders was an MSNBC executive.
They became friends and she introduced Aronberg to the “Morning Joe” producers and hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. “They’re true professionals. They really care about the issues and they are able to craft a high-level political and legal discussion without it ever being boring.”