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Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook to appear at a fundraiser in Tampa later this month

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Hillary Clinton has yet to make her first visit to the Tampa Bay area as a 2016 presidential candidate, but Robby Mook, her campaign manager, will visit Tampa later this month.

Mook will speak at a Hillary for America event 5 to 7 p.m. June 29 at a location to be when “guests” RSVP the event.

It won’t cost much to attend. Only $25 will get you in as a “guest”; $250 will get you in as a “co-host,” and for $500 you can be listed as a “host” for the event.

Clinton came to South Florida for two fundraisers last month, holding events in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Although she officially became a candidate for the Democratic nomination in April, she held a second launch Saturday at New York City’s Roosevelt Island.

The 35-year-old Mook helped lead Terry McAuliffe to victory in the race for governor in Virginia in 2013.

Wadi Gaitan, communications director of the Republican Party of Florida, criticized Mook’s visit by blasting Clinton for not making a public appearance in Florida since announcing her presidential run in April.

“It is sad that after only attending closed-door, expensive fundraisers during her last visit to Florida,” Gaitan said in an email, “Hillary is now completely skipping our state.

“By continuing to ignore the general public and the media with zero access, Hillary is further showing why Florida voters find her untrustworthy and out-of-touch.”

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

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