The Buzz among Tampa Bay Republican insiders is that Vice President Dick Cheney may be coming to Tampa in late July (July 21 we hear) to help raise money for the congressional campaign of state Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Tarpon Springs. The Bilirakis campaign says it would be thrilled to have the vice president's help, despite his low poll ratings, but stressed that nothing has been finalized or confirmed yet. Bilirakis is getting plenty of other high profile help to succeed his father, Mike Bilirakis, in Congress.
"Gus has worked hard as your state representative and now he will work even harder to serve you in the United States Congress. Smart and direct like his father, Gus Bilirakis is a natural-born leader who cherishes his community,'' former New York Mayor Rudy Giuiliani says in a fundraising letter for Bilirakis. The full Pinellas Political Junkie column is here.