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Democrats’ gala to feature husbands of Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris

Chasten Buttigieg, Douglas Emhoff, and top national Dem leaders

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, House Democratic Caucus Chair U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and rising star U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema will be joined by presidential candidates’ husbands Chasten Buttigieg and Douglas Emhoff at the Florida Democratic Party’s Leadership Blue Gala in Orlando next week.

The party announced that Perez, Jeffries of New York, and Sinema of Arizona, will be joined by at least two presidential hopefuls’ spouses, Buttigieg, husband of South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; and Emhoff, husband of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California. Other spouses apparently are being invited as well.

“June is going to be an exciting month for Florida Democrats!” FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo exclaimed in a news release. “The top Democratic presidential candidates will make their way to Miami for the first Democratic debate later this month, and today we are thrilled to announce an all-star line-up for our Leadership Blue gala.”

The event will be held at Walt Disney World’s Yacht and Beach Club, June 7-9.

“This year’s gala will be an opportunity to hear from diverse voices and Democratic leaders from across the United States,” Rizzo added. “Trump can’t win the White House without Florida, and Democrats are investing across the board to do the hard work it will take to win.”

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Chasten Butigieg is an arts and drama teacher. Emhoff is a lawyer and partner with the firm DLA Piper, specializing in media, sports, and entertainment law.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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