Hurricane Michael is not entirely preventing Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum from attending a fundraiser tonight at Tropicana Field. He plans to address the donors via Skype, and running mate Chris King will be there.
But the invite is noteworthy because the host list is considerably broader than we usually see in Tampa Bay, which has never been particularly fertile territory for Democrats to raise money. Among those lending their name to the event are a number of prominent business leaders, including Tampa Bay Rays President Brian Auld, former Tech Data CEO Steve Raymund, Tampa developer Bowen Arnold, and former C1 Bank CEO Trevor Burgess.
In addition to "special guest" Charlie Crist, the host list included:
Erin Abel, Bowen Arnold, Molly & Brian Auld, Michael Bates, Ramon Bosquez, Elizabeth Crist Hyden, Trevor Burgess & Gary Hess, Stacy & Will Conroy, Dr. Ricardo Davis, Sally Dee, Margaret de Lisser, Rep. Ben and Christina Diamond, Council Member Gina Driscoll, Maryann Ferenc, Lucas Fleming, School Board Chair Rene Flowers, Gypsy Gallardo, Bob Glaser, Beth Houghton & Scott Wagman, Alice Huneycutt, Natalie Pruitt Judge, Mayor Rick Kriseman, Terri Lipsey Scott, Tracy & Eric Lynn Linda Marcelli, Jill & Kevin Martin, Chair Susan McGrath, Carol Mickett, Pastor Louis Murphy Sr, Steve Raymund, Sarah & Augie Ribeiro, Council Member Darden Rice, Senator Darryl Rouson, Sylvia Rusch, Nancy Rutland, Jason Rutland Spitzer, Judy Ryan, Kathy & Joe Saunders, John Schilling, Jan & Craig Sher, Bemetra Simmons, David Singer, Skipper & Ezra Singer, Juel & John Smith, Lorna Taylor, Andra Todd Dreyfus, Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, Katee Tully, Helen & Peter Wallace, County Chair Ken Welch, Council Chair Lisa Wheeler-Bowman.