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Robbie Mook wants Florida Democrats to open their homes for campaign staffers

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The man who will be nominated as the Vice Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, made a surprise impromptu appearance before the Florida Democratic Delegation breakfast on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, this reporter didn’t see any of it, and doesn’t have any quotes to offer you. A massive slowdown on I-95 South going into downtown Philadelphia delayed the commute — but I actually wasn’t late. Kaine showed up before the 8:30 a.m. starting time, before making the rounds no doubt to a few other delegation breakfasts, ginning up momentum for his acceptance speech tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

Robbie Mook, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, also made an appearance, and appeared to be mega-hyped up on caffeine — as is probably most people at the convention on Day 3 of the #DemsInPhilly.

“Let’s give it up for Bernie Sanders supporters!” Mook shouted out to the delegates. He then shouted out to the crowd leading questions regarding winning more House seats, the U.S. Senate seat, and the presidential election.

Mook was effusive in his praise for Sanders and his team, and mentioned how the two candidates had worked together on a plan for college affordability as well as the party’s platform, “the most progressive” in the party’s history, he emphasized.

Repeating the whole “Stronger, together” theme that the Democrats have been pounding into the consciousness of the public this week as their message leaving Philadelphia, Mook said that was why they would not be running the Hillary Clinton campaign in Florida, but instead would be running the “coordinated campaign in Florida.”

He said that the campaign had over 100 offices up in Florida, and “we need your help. We need to house all these staffers. We need core volunteers. We need to sign people up to vote absentee. We need to get people out to vote early. President Obama won Florida by less than one percent. And we’re going to win on the ground by turning people out.”

And then he was off.

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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