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Patrick Murphy visits Tampa Bay April 10 for Democratic meet-and-greet

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy visits Tampa Bay next week for a meet-and-greet with Democratic faithful to support his newly launched Senate bid.

The event is Friday, April 10, at Mise en Place, 442 West Kennedy Blvd., between 4:30-6 p.m.

With the expected April 13 announcement by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio that he is running for president in 2016, Murphy will immediately launch to the top tier of Democratic candidates seeking Rubio’s seat.

Scheduled to appear are several of the region’s political leaders, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, former state CFO Alex Sink, attorney Ben Diamond, Advocacy Group Director Justin Day, Democratic strategist Ana Cruz, former state Senate candidate Judithanne McLauchlin, business executive Mike Hamby and Patrick Baskette.

Suggested contributions range from $100 to $5,400.

RSVPs are with Baskette at [email protected] or (202) 744-1547.


Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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