Former President Bill Clinton, one of the Democratic Party’s most-popular figures, is headlining the Florida party’s Jefferson Jackson dinner June 28 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood.
In the Democratic Party, there is just no equivalent to the man they call “the big dog.” He was the most-popular living president in 2012, and there’s little reason to believe that’s not still the case.
Clinton’s appearance indicates how serious the Florida Democratic Party is in trying to compete with Gov. Rick Scott’s cash-raising juggernaut in 2014 — and it’s also a sign of the Clinton family’s interest in swing-state Florida as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mulls a 2016 presidential run.
A top Hillary Clinton ally, former campaign manager for President Obama’s reelection, is Jim Messina, who’s a top advisor to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.
Florida’s Democratic party isn’t the only one enjoying the former president’s visit. Mr. Clinton will headline a Jefferson-Jackson dinner for Michigan’s Democratic party as well.
Tickets for the Florida event start at $225.
Update: Here’s the email from Allison Tant, Florida Democratic Party chair:
I have never been more excited. Democrats in Florida are fired up and ready to defeat Rick Scott this November — and we have a new member of our team!
I want you, the grassroots, to be the first to know: President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at our first annual Leadership Blue Dinner in June.
The 2014 elections in Florida could not be more important, and I’m thrilled President Clinton agrees.
We need to hear President Clinton’s message at the Leadership Blue Gala, formerly known as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.
You know how high the stakes are. Rick Scott is selling Florida to the highest bidder. He thinks the best way to grow the economy is to give corporations bigger and bigger handouts. The middle class gets squeezed, but guys like Rick Scott don’t feel a thing.
I’ve seen what Florida Democrats can achieve. With President Clinton on our team, we can defeat Tea Party Republicans like Rick Scott and elect Democrats who will work to grow the economy from the middle class out — not from the top down.
I’m fired up and ready, are you?