WEST PALM BEACH — In order to finalize his divorce from former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Lynn Aronberg, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg had to agree to a strange condition involving Palm Beach County Commission and Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay, according to a copy of Aronberg’s divorce agreement.
Democrat Dave, a former state senator, had to agree he’d never endorse McKinlay, a fellow liberal, for any elected office.
And the lifetime ban could cost Dave Aronberg $10,000 each time he endorses McKinlay.
One source familiar with the Aronbergs’ divorce negotiations tells us Lynn suspected Dave was romantically involved with the sexy divorced mom-of-three McKinlay before they were married and still shared close bonds.
So, we’re told, Lynn wanted to stick it to the county commissioner on her way out the door.
“This sorta guarantees Dave can’t hang out with Melissa in political situations,” the source said.
But this being Palm Beach County politics, there’s much more to the story.
“It is well known that some high-powered political groups are trying to recruit Lynn Aronberg to run against Melissa McKinley,” said Christian Ulvert, a political adviser to Dave Aronberg. “The presence of that item in the settlement isn’t surprising.”
More importantly, Ulvert says, the release of the information smacks of “political desperation.”
“It’s clear that the unnamed source is trying to generate headlines for their friend by pushing out such false and outrageous information. (It) has political desperation written all over it. It doesn’t surprise me given how some are just focuses on grabbing headlines.”
Gossip Extra reported exclusively on the main points of the Aronbergs’ settlement last month: The document, which is confidential unless one of the two exes breaks it, calls for the state attorney to pay the former Lynn Lewis, who parlayed her Dolphins gig into a successful PR firm, about $100,000 worth of goodies after less than two years of marital bliss.
The deal has Dave Aronberg, 46, paying for half of Lynn’s rent in a luxury Boca Raton condo until next summer. She also got a brand new BMW and $40,000 cash.
The non-endorsement passage, meanwhile, reads: “The husband shall not endorse Melissa McKinlay for any election. For each such endorsement he makes, he shall pay the sum of $10,000 to the wife within 30 days.”
McKinlay didn’t respond to a call and text message requesting comment. Dave Aronberg said he wasn’t legally allowed to comment.
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Lynn Aronberg, who’s up for a gig on a new Palm Beach-based Housewives-style reality TV show, said she couldn’t comment because of the confidentiality clause but said: “It’s no secret I’m not a fan of commissioner Melissa McKinlay.” She didn’t elaborate.
The divorce made national news over the summer when Lynn Aronberg told us exclusively she felt harassed by Dave’s donors because of her support for all things Donald Trump, and Dave refused to have a baby.
Dave Aronberg is a Democratic powerhouse who served in the state senate for nearly 10 years who is expected to vie eventually for a statewide office when his time as state attorney is up.
Until he was first elected to the county’s top law enforcement job in 2012, Aronberg worked for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi as her statewide prosecutor in charges of prescription drug scams.
The divorce was finalized Aug. 14.