Trump campaign guru Parscale came to Fort Lauderdale for politics, fun. Then came the meltdown.

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At 6 feet, 8 inches tall, campaign strategist Brad Parscale literally stood atop the political world after his boss, Donald Trump, trounced the Republican field in the 2016 Florida primary and overcame Hillary Clinton in the critical Sunshine State to claim the presidential election.
Though the digital guru hailed from Texas, he started scouting locations to live in Florida, a key swing state, just a year after Trump's victory. Parscale zeroed in on Fort Lauderdale, said one person who has known him for years, because it was conveniently located between Miami and Trump's palatial property at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.

Plus, while it was more buttoned down than South Beach, the city offered similar sun, sand and fun — and, the person said, Parscale, 44, had a reputation for being "a wild guy, a risk taker."

"Fort Lauderdale is known for being a place to have a good time, while still being respectable and geographically central," said the person. "He chose Fort Lauderdale probably because it suited his lifestyle."

In just two years, records show, he bought three separate waterfront properties in the city, collectively worth more than $4 million. Still — until his video-recorded takedown by police this past week after an apparent emotional crisis — Parscale appeared to keep a relatively low-profile in the upscale Seven Isles neighborhood. It's a community of waterfront homes and mansions, many boasting expensive boats and yachts in the backyard, just a bike ride from the restaurants and shops of Las Olas Boulevard, the heart of the Fort Lauderdale social scene.

A few neighbors, who declined to be named,…
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