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Clinton loves Florida but convention speaker line-up includes only one FL Dem

21

July

Hillary Clinton underscores the importance of the Florida vote tomorrow, arriving for a two-day tour of Orlando, Tampa and Miami where she is even expected to introduce her vice presidential choice.

On the eve of the visit Thursday, the campaign released its first line-up of 62 speakers for the four-day convention in Philadelphia next week. How important is Florida? Only one Florida Democrat is worthy of a speaking spot according to the list: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. 

The announcement followed a report that 20 "Americans from across the country" also would be telling their personal story to the convention audiences. That list also includes no Floridians. 

Gillum is a rising star but is the Clinton camp dissing the entire congressional delegation? It's likely DNC Chair and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will have a role, but how about Sen. Bill Nelson? etc. The campaign says stay-tuned. 

Here's the release: 

Hillary for America and the Democratic National Convention Committee announced a list of elected officials who will address the Democratic National Convention being held in Philadelphia from July 25 to July 28. Leaders from across the country will speak about their support for Clinton's vision of an America that is stronger together and where the economy works for everyone, not just those at the top. Additional speakers will continue to be announced throughout the week.

 
As Donald Trump continues his divisive convention in Cleveland with dangerous ideas that would pose a threat to our economy and national security, Democrats are preparing to lay out the clear stakes in this election in Philadelphia – a choice between building walls and tearing people down or an optimistic unifying vision where everyone has a role to play in building our future.

Additional speakers at the Democratic National Convention Committee in alphabetical order, include:
  • State Representative Raumesh Akbari (Tennessee)
  • Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (Ohio)
  • Congressman Xavier Becerra (California)
  • Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin
  • Senator Cory Booker (New Jersey)
  • Senator Barbara Boxer (California)
  • Congressman Brendan Boyle (Pennsylvania)
  • Congressman Bob Brady (Pennsylvania)
  • Governor Jerry Brown (California)
  • Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio)
  • Senator Bob Casey (Pennsylvania)
  • Congressman Joaquin Castro (Texas)
  • Congressman James Clyburn (South Carolina)
  • Congressman Joseph Crowley (New York)
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo (New York)
  • Governor Mark Dayton (Minnesota)
  • Former Governor Howard Dean (Vermont)
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
  • Majority Leader State Representative Crisanta Duran (Colorado)
  • Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico)
  • Chillicothe, OH Mayor Luke Feeney
  • State Representative Peggy Flanagan (Minnesota)
  • Senator Al Franken (Minnesota)
  • Congressman Ruben Gallego (Arizona)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords & Captain Mark Kelly (Arizona)
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York)
  • Tallahassee, FL Mayor Andrew Gillum
  • Former Governor Jennifer Granholm (Michigan)
  • Congressman Luis Gutierrez (Illinois)
  • Former Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa)
  • Democratic State Party Chair Jaime Harrison (South Carolina)
  • Governor John Hickenlooper (Colorado)
  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)
  • Senator Tim Kaine (Virginia)
  • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney
  • State Senator Ruben Kihuen (Nevada)
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)
  • Congressman Ted Lieu (California)
  • Congresswoman Nita Lowey (New York)
  • Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (Kentucky)
  • Governor Terry McAuliffe (Virginia)
  • Congresswoman Gwen Moore (Wisconsin)
  • Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut)
  • Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (California)
  • Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (Washington, DC)
  • Former Governor Martin O'Malley (Maryland)
  • House Minority Leader Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
  • Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
  • Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nevada)
  • Congressman Adam Schiff (California)
  • Senator Chuck Schumer (New York)
  • Former State Representative Bakari Sellers (South Carolina)
  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire)
  • State Senator Pat Spearman (Nevada)
  • Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
  • Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)
  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters (California)
  • Flint, MI Mayor Karen Weaver
  • Governor Tom Wolf (Pennsylvania)

[Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2016 6:20pm]

    

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