Jack Latvala raising money for Ellyn Bogdanoff in Tampa on July 16

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Not surprisingly, Senator Jack Latvala is putting his money where his mouth is.

Latvala, the Clearwater Republican hoping to become Senate President, is raising money for Ellyn Bogdanoff, the former state Senator turned Senate candidate who is key to Latvala’s presidential ambitions.

A fundraiser in Tampa is planned for July 16 benefiting Bogdanoff’s campaign. While the host committee is A-list (Senators Bill Galvano and Tom Lee, top-flight lobbyist Mike Corcoran, Nancy Watkins, etc.), the invitation for the event makes it clear that it is Latvala who is shaking the trees. The RSVP is to a Latvala campaign email account; checks from those not able to attend are to be mailed to Latvala’s office.

Bogdanoff is running for Senate District 34, the seat encompassing coastal Palm Beach and Broward counties, two years after losing one of the most expensive and nastiest legislative races in recent history. Bogdanoff, 54, was one of the few GOP incumbents the Republican-dominated Legislature drew out of their seats during the once-a-decade redistricting process in 2012. Bogdanoff then ran in the newly drawn District 34 but was defeated by Democratic Sen. Maria Sachs, another incumbent, losing by six percentage points to Sachs in a district where Democrats had about an eight-point voter registration edge.

Latvala, a stalwart ally of Bogdanoff whose political committee has collected more than $1 million, has pledged to help Bogdanoff raise money for a battle some insiders estimate could cost between $2.5 million and $5 million for each side.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.


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