Ken Pruitt & The Heartbreakers
Outgoing Senate President Ken Pruitt and hopeful incoming boss Jeff Atwater are hosting a fundraiser July 16 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. After handing over checks, guests can rock out to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Steve Winwood is opening.)
Petty, who got his start in Gainesville, has played an unwitting role in Florida politics before. Buzz readers will recall how former state Sen. Rod Smith said he would rather go see a Petty concert than link up with the Jim Davis campaign, which had just defeated him in the 2006 gubernatorial primary.