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Wow! Fla Dems attract OH state senator to party conference



Florida may be the ultimate battleground state, but in off-years both parties often struggle to find A-list politicos to headline their big political galas. This year is no exception. On Oct. 4 the Florida GOP holds its "Statesman's Dinner," at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Tickets start at $125 ($10,000 gets a couple of VIP tickets including photo opportunities) and proceeds go to the party. The keynote speaker: former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao (wife of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell).

The Florida Democratic Party holds its 2013 state conference at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort Oct. 25-27. Tickets to the Saturday dinner start at $175. The keynote speaker? Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who lost his re-election bid in 2010 to John Kasich.

And today, continuing with the Buckeye state theme, the state Democratic party announced its excitement that  Ohio state Senator and candidate for Ohio Secretary of State Nina Turner will attend the conference. Nina Turner!

"A rising progressive star, Senator Turner has been a staunch opponent of Republican Governor John Kasich's fight to restrict voting rights. Nina Turner will bring the passion and enthusiasm she is generating in Ohio and among Democrats across the country to Florida for FDP's State Conference," the party's release gushed.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 11:29am]


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