Email Insights: FDP excited that Bill Clinton is joining the effort to beat Rick Scott

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Allison Tant is thrilled to welcome the newest name as team member in the effort to defeat Gov. Rick Scott in November. And it’s a significant one.

The person exciting Florida Democratic Party chair happens to be the most influential, and charismatic, person in politics — Bill Clinton.

In a preview email to “the grassroots,” Tant announces that the 42nd president will be the keynote speaker at the FDP’s first annual Leadership Blue Dinner, scheduled for June.

Tant says the upcoming 2014 Florida elections “could not be more important.”

Apparently, Clinton agrees; that is why he agreed to attend June’s Leadership Blue Gala, formerly known as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

“Rick Scott is selling Florida to the highest bidder,” says Tant. “He thinks the best way to grow the economy is to give corporations bigger and bigger handouts.

“The middle class gets squeezed, but guys like Rick Scott don’t feel a thing.”

In Democratic politics, there is one truth: when Bill Clinton comes to town to promote your campaign, there is a lot at stake. The former president, as polarizing a figure as he is loved, is a proven entity for Democrats.

He certainly is able to both engage voters and boost turnout — on both sides.

The FDP just hopes it will be more on the Democratic side than the other.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.