By Roger Stone Many people who know Scott Rothstein, the National GOP money-man accused of running a $700 million+ Ponzi scheme in Florida, believe the portrait I have painted of him here on the stoneZONE is not fully rounded - and they are right. To be clear; Rothstein was charismatic, could be charming, funny, caring, entertaining, generous, sentimental and in his way, brilliant. Using others people's money to build an image of power, influence and success in order to attract "investors" without a track-record of real influence or success is, in itself, pretty brilliant. I was always better at using OPP than OPM. Rothstein was also big hearted; a modern day Robin Hood who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. His charitable contributions included the Dan Marino Foundation, The Boy's and Girl's Club, the Humane Society, Alonzo Mourning's Charities - (who still lists Rothstein as a "Member") and even a $1 Million donation in 2008 from the Rothstein Family Foundation to Holy Cross Hospital who were to dedicate a lobby in his family name. Rothstein was a large contributor to a synagogue off Las Olas with his name affixed to the front facade; 'The Rothstein Family Downtown Jewish Center Chabad.' His heart was in the right place. Too bad none of the money was his to give. He did, however, help many people and charities. Now, Rothstein claims in a TV interview that he will give all the money back. Since I believe most of the money he scammed from Investors has been spent on his opulent life style and that Scott's earning power as a disbarred lawyer in prison will be limited, I rather doubt amends can or will be made. But Rothstein lives for the moment, the sound bite, the impression and his claim sounded good on TV last night. Why his lawyer, Marc Nurik, a highly capable and experienced criminal defense lawyer, would allow his client to be seen sipping Martinis at his favorite watering hole, Capital Grille, I can't understand. Seems Rothstein bumped into George Levin and his associate Frank Preve whose investment fund Rothstein is alleged to have stolen $200 Million from. Must have been uncomfortable. Is it coincidental that a year ago Rothstein bought a $6.5 Manhattan Penthouse apartment at 1 Beacon Place in Manhattan - his neighbor in the building? Marc Drier...