New York Mayor Bill de Blasio — occasionally mentioned in 2020 Democratic presidential chatter — will be in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties on Saturday to campaign for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum‘s Democratic bid for Florida governor.
Gillum himself is in post-Hurricane Michael mayoral mode will not be on the campaign trail Saturday, his campaign confirmed.
Gillum’s campaign announced that de Blasio and wife Chirlane McCray will speak to Gillum campaign workers in West Palm Beach at 11 a.m. with U.S. Rep.Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, and Greenacres Mayor Joel Flores. De Blasio and McCray are also scheduled to visit Gillum campaign workers west of Delray Beach at 1:30 p.m. with Frankel and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton.
McCray is then slated to appear at a Florida Democratic Party Women’s Voter Summit west of West Palm Beach at 2:30 p.m. while de Blasio heads to Pompano Beach for a 3 p.m. event with labor unions. De Blasio also has a 4:30 p.m. event scheduled in Miami Gardens.
Campaigning for Gillum or Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is a great way for a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to gain exposure and build team-player credentials in crucial Florida. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg campaigned for Gillum last week and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stumped with Gillum before the Aug. 28 primary.
After being accused by one of President Donald Trump‘s campaign lawyers of falsely representing itself as an affiliate of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, a Palm Beach County-based Trump fan club has added a disclaimer to its Facebook page.
The club also added a picture of Trump in a thumbs-up pose with the club’s president, Annie Marie Delgado.
“Disclaimer: Trump Team 2020 Florida Republican Club is chartered by the Republican Party of Florida and is not affiliated with ANY candidate,” says the new wording in small type on the club’s Facebook page.
Trump campaign attorney Lawrence Rosen last week sent Delgado a cease-and-desist later accusing the club of “falsely representing to the public that it is an affiliate and/or authorized agent of the campaign. Moreover, it appears that you are currently, and have been for some time, holding yourself out as a member of the campaign and/or as having the authority to act on its behalf during fundraising activities and in other contexts.”
Rosen’s letter demanded that Delgado and the club immediately stop the activities that Rosen deemed misleading and add a disclaimer saying the club “is not affiliated with, authorized, endorsed, or sponsored by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. or any of its affiliates.”
Delgado last week called Rosen’s claims “factually and totally and completely incorrect…Nowhere on (club materials) does it say that we are the Trump national campaign.” But she said adding a disclaimer would be a “great idea.”
Rosen did not respond to a call and email this week asking if the campaign is satisfied with the club’s changes.
The Jan. 20 soiree — headlined in the president’s absence by son Eric Trump, daughter-in-law Lara Trump and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel — still raised about $5 million for the RNC and Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
The RNC and Trump campaign have announced a March 3 fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago.
According to an invitation first flagged by FloridaPolitics.com, those who contribute $2,700 get to attend a reception, those who raise $25,000 (in increments not to exceed $5,400) get two seats for a dinner with Trump, and $50,000 bundlers get the two dinner tickets and a photo.
The fundraiser coincides with the RNC’s annual spring retreat, with 200 to 300 major GOP donors expected to visit an undisclosed location in Palm Beach.
Less than 72 hours after voting for a federal government shutdown, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and most of his Democratic colleagues reversed course today on a vote clearing the way to reopening the government.
While Democrats insisted Friday that a spending bill include Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections against deportation for young non-citizens who were brought to the U.S. by their parents, today’s agreement only includes a pledge from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. to begin debate on an immigration bill by Feb. 8.
Today’s vote revealed a divide within the Democratic caucus, as Nelson and eight other senators up for re-election this year in states that Donald Trump carried in 2016 voted to end the shutdown. (The lone exception was Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, who faces re-election this year in a state Trump won by 20 points.)
The 18 votes against the shutdown deal included 16 Democrats and conservative Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah.
With the Democratic party’s liberal base strongly supporting DACA and other reforms to create a pathway to citizenship, the Democratic “no” votes included several senators who have been mentioned as potential 2020 candidates for president: Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who caucuses with Democrats and sought the party’s 2016 nomination, also was a “no” vote.
The New York Times reported that Gigicos has discussed joining a consulting firm headed by former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Gigicos confirmed discussions but told The Palm Beach Post he hasn’t made any decision.
Gigicos, 50, did logistical work on presidential campaigns for Republicans George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush and Mitt Romney before joining the Trump team in 2015.
Gigicos was in charge of organizing the large, freewheeling rallies that helped propel Trump to the GOP nomination and then the presidency.
He downplayed his role in Trump’s rise.
“It was all him — the right man with the right message,” Gigicos said of Trump. “I just built the stages.”
Former President Barack Obama is “nudging” former Masssachusetts Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick to run for president in 2020 against President Donald Trump, according to Politico.
Patrick was also the topic of some early 2016 presidential chatter. When he visited West Palm Beach in 2014 to campaign for Charlie Crist‘s gubernatorial bid, Patrick told The Palm Beach Post that the White House talk “blows my mind. I’m just a kid from the south side of Chicago and people are speculating about such a thing. It’s extraordinary but it’s not what I’m planning on, thank you.”
Patrick didn’t run in 2016. During his 2014 visit, he warned Democrats against giving Hillary Clinton a free ride to the party’s nomination in 2016.
Patrick called Clinton “fantastic” but added: “The problem with inevitability is it’s sometimes interpreted as entitlement and I think that voters want competition and they want their candidates to have to work for it.”
If he’s at all serious about 2020, expect Patrick to spend time in crucial Florida next year to campaign for Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson‘s re-election bid and/or for whoever wins the Democratic nomination for governor.
PPP also asked its national sample of 692 registered voters about actor, wrestler and former University of Miami football player Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who recently told GQ “it’s a real possibility” he’ll run for president.
Johnson is viewed favorably by 36 percent of voters and unfavorably by 13 percent.
Crank up the 2020 speculation: Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker for the Florida Democratic Party’s biggest annual fundraising dinner in June, the party announced this morning.
“Guys, I’m not running,” Biden declared over the weekend — a present-tense formulation that was made in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state.
Biden, who’ll be nearly 78 on election day of 2020, flirted with a 2016 run for president but opted against it in 2015. In hindsight, Biden might have done a better job of connecting with working-class Rust Belt voters than Hillary Clinton, who lost the previously blue states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin to Donald Trump.
Biden will speak at the Florida Democratic Party’s “Leadership Blue” gala — formerly the Jefferson-Jackson dinner — at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood on June 17.
“We are thrilled to announce the former Vice President as our keynote speaker. Joe Biden has spent his life in public service and has fought tirelessly for the Democratic belief that all Americans deserve an equal shot in our economy, not just those at the top. We are excited to welcome him back to Florida for our Leadership Blue Gala,” said Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel.