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Janet Cruz to host re-do reception with Jill Biden

Biden had to cancel a previous event.

Jill Biden will be in Tampa for a reception at Florida Sen. Janet Cruz’s home October 27. Biden had been scheduled to attend a reception last week, but cancelled.

Cruz officially endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination for President last week.

She and her husband, Steve Rifkin, are hosting the fundraising reception.

Supporters are encouraged to donate between $250 and $2,800, the maximum contribution allowable under the law.

The reception will also include former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, former congressional candidate Eric Lynn and his wife, Tracy Lynn, as well as prominent Tampa Democratic donors Jan and Craig Sher and Cruz’s daughter Ana Cruz.

Biden has long been considered the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination and had been consistently polling well ahead of other candidates including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. However, some recent polls have shown Warren taking the lead as Biden’s numbers drop.

Last week Biden defended her husband at a New Hampshire event saying, “your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, health care than Joe is, but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election.”

That’s been a prominent rallying cry among establishment Democrats leaning on electability for the party’s eventual nominee. It’s not clear what recent events surrounding impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump as well as bombshell allegations in a whistleblower complaint released Thursday that Trump had sought to conceal the transcript of his conversation with the Ukrainian President in July will do to the electability argument.

Democrats have long been split over whether to launch impeachment proceedings, fearing doing so could rile Trump’s base and hurt Democrats in 2020. But as more evidence comes to light in Trump’s potential abuse of executive power, more Democrats are supporting impeachment.

At the rate news is coming out of Washington this week, it’s anyone’s guess what the Democratic race might look like a month from now.

To RSVP for Biden’s event, click here.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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