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Jeff Greene to protest Donald Trump during Tampa Bay visit

The Democratic candidate for governor will attend a protest at the Florida State Fairgrounds, where Trump will hold a rally on Tuesday.
[AP Photo/Steve Mitchell]
[AP Photo/Steve Mitchell]
Published Jul. 30, 2018

Jeff Greene, Democratic candidate for governor, has scrapped planned campaign events in St. Petersburg and Tampa Tuesday to join a protest being planned at the Florida State Fairgrounds outside President Donald Trump's campaign rally.

Two progressive groups, NextGen Florida and Indivisible Action Tampa Bay, are using a Facebook page to solicit attendees to the event in a protest zone just off U.S. Highway 301 at the fairgrounds.

Information from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on the protest zone wasn't immediately available, but the Facebook page shows it located on the west side of U.S. 301 in the fairgrounds.

Greene campaign spokeswoman Claire Van Susteren said Greene plans to attend with his campaign bus, adorned with the slogan, "Trump's worst nightmare," and a stage and sound system.

She said the campaign plans to set up in the protest zone about 5 to 5:30 p.m. as doors open for attendees at the 7 p.m. rally.

The Greene campaign originally planned to hold an event in Tampa at the same time as the Trump rally, but in a different part of town.

But Van Susteren said, "In talking to people about it, everybody is so fed up with Trump that they really want to be right there in the thick of it. People are energized and ready to show people that they don't support his agenda and that Ron DeSantis will not be our next governor."

Van Susteren said the Greene campaign is "engaging with local Democrats and the Florida Democratic Party for the rally, but Hillsborough Democratic Party Chairwoman Ione Townsend the party itself isn't involved, though many Democrats may be.