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Obama $arasota bound



Barack Obama will be in Sarasota this evening for a fundraiser, his second in Florida in as many days. He'll attend a $1,000-a-head reception at the home of Lisa and David Grain. Last night, the Democratic presidential candidate was in Boca Raton.

"I was a little reticent going to Sarasota with a Democrat," Florida finance chairman Kirk Wagar told the Buzz. "We'd go to Tampa, maybe St. Pete. But really it's pretty gratifying knowing how well we’ve been able to do in Sarasota." Wagar would not discuss the expected two-day take, only that it will be "well into the six-figures."

The Florida campaign is trying to schedule a December appearance by Michelle Obama. Barack Obama himself has joined other top Democrats in a pledge not to campaign in Florida. Fundraising, of course, does not fall under that pledge.

The disconnect has not gone unnoticed by the Republican Party of Florida.

"Florida voters should be outraged that the major Democrat presidential candidates are ignoring their voices and instead zeroing in on their pocketbooks,” RPOF Chairman Jim Greer said in a statement Monday. "The people of Florida deserve to know more about the candidates than who to make their campaign checks out to—they deserve to know where the candidates stand on the issues that are important to them."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:25am]


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