Pinellas pulls out of Crist headlined gala dinner
When the announcement came in March that Charlie Crist would headline a "Kennedy-King" gala fundraising dinner hosted by both the Pinellas and Hillsborough Democratic parties, reporters speculated that the home turf event would be a perfect place for Charlie Crist to announce his candidacy for governor. That wasn't going to happen. Crist is in no rush to put an even bigger target on him, and it's not clear he has even decided to run.
Now it turns out Saturday night's dinner at the Tampa Convention Center is no longer jointly sponsored by the Pinellas Democratic party. The Pinellas Democratic executive committee decided to pull out and leave it to Hillsborough to host it alone.
Being conspiracy-minded here at The Buzz, we naturally wondered if that pointed to trouble for Crist in his home county. Perhaps some Pinellas Democrats were uncomfortable celebrating a lifelong Republican who only recently joined their ranks?
Nothing that interesting, it turns out. Pinellas Democratic Chairman Mark Hanisee, who came up with the idea in the first place after meeting with Crist, has been sick lately and without their main motivator fully engaged in helping sell tickets and promoting the event Pinellas leaders decided they should leave it to Hillsborough to sponsor. said Pinellas Vice Chairman Susan McGrath and State Committeeman Rick Boylan.