Florida Gov. Rick Scott and wife Ann Scott are hosting a “Florida Sunshine Ball” at a swank Washington, D.C., venue two nights before part-time Palm Beach resident Donald Trump takes the oath as America’s 45th president.
A few hundred people are expected at the Jan. 18 event at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium a few blocks from the White House and around the corner from the new Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The ball is being sponsored by Scott’s Let’s Get To Work political committee.
Scott is expected to be in Washington for several days around the time of the inauguration. He’s also widely expected to run for U.S. Senate in 2018 when he faces term limits as governor and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson will be up for re-election.
Scott didn’t invite Trump in June 2015 when he hosted seven Republican presidential hopefuls at an “Economic Growth Summit” in Lake Buena Vista. By January 2016, however, Scott had emerged as one of Trump’s highest-profile cheerleaders, praising him for talking about “big change” but not formally endorsing him. Scott later served as chairman for the pro-Trump Rebuilding America Now Super PAC.