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Tampa, Miami Beach mayors to campaign for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire this weekend

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Bob Buckhorn is heading to New Hampshire to campaign for Hillary Clinton this weekend.

The Tampa mayor has been a stalwart in the Clinton Army going back to the 1990s, when he chaired Bill’s 1996 re-election campaign in Hillsborough County.

Buckhorn was also was a charter member of the Democratic Leadership Conference (DLC), the centrist-oriented Democratic group that reached the height of its influence in the early 1990s, when Bill Clinton was elected president.

“Once I read her plan, I decided that Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who has what it takes to stand up to the Republicans and put our future on firmer footing,” Buckhorn wrote in an op-ed that ran in The Tampa Tribune last month. He specifically praised her for her proposed five-year $275 billion infrastructure program.

“I believe that Hillary Clinton has the plan, the experience, and the backbone to stand up for great American cities like ours,” he concluded the piece.

Another Florida mayor, Miami Beach’s Phillip Levine, will also be in New Hampshire to stump for the former first lady this weekend as well.

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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