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Linda Saul-Sena to hold fundraiser for Patrick Murphy

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South Florida U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy will be in Tampa’s Davis Islands next month for a fundraiser to be held by former City Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena.

Murphy, a two-term representative from Jupiter, is running for the Democratic nomination for Senate against Orlando-area U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson. Despite the fact that nearly the entire Florida Democratic Party establishment is backing the 32-year-old, he trails Grayson in the most recent poll taken by Florida Atlantic University, 27 percent to 20 percent.

Murphy has avoided commenting on a story posted on The New York Times website on Thursday that reports on how Grayson’s role as a hedge fund manager and member of Congress were intertwined. The story refers to how Grayson “promoted his international travels, some with congressional delegations, to solicit business.”

The fundraiser at the home of Mark and Linda Saul-Sena at 5:30 p.m. March 3.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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