Filling campaign coffers with filler? Republican HD 94 candidate to attend ‘Botox Party’ fundraiser.

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Gabrielle Fox has a wrinkle in her race for legislative seat: She's dead last in fundraising in a 5-person Primary.

Gabrielle Fox could be smoothing her way to victory in a five-person Republican Primary race to represent Palm Beach County’s House District 94, with a Botox party fundraiser planned for her next week.

Fox is dead last in the money race to succeed term-limited Republican Rep. Rick Roth in the district that runs from West Palm Beach’s suburbs to Belle Glade’s agricultural acres. But, a supporter is going to try to fix that wrinkle with a distinctly unique — even if on-brand for South Florida — approach to raising money for her campaign.

The “Patriot Spa Social” will be 6 to 8 p.m., July 27 at the TOTALE Medical Rejuvenation Center in Boca Raton. Nicole Sconzo, owner the spa, is the hostess of the event, Fox’s website shows.

“Join us for champagne, hors d’oeuvres and politics,” says the poster showing Fox along with three photographs of a woman purportedly getting a de-wrinkling via needle.

“Discounts on filler and Botox,” is also one of the attractions the poster details, advertising the event as a “Botox Party.”

Florida Atlantic University political science Professor Craig Agranoff says he’s never heard of using filler to help fill campaign coffers, in his dozen-year career working as a political consultant in South Florida.

“I sure hope a part of her event involves discussing the risks of using Botox and that it’s being done by a licensed professional,” he said.

Being afraid of needles, he’s not likely to advise his candidate-clients to take this approach, he said.

“She risks losing any constituents with trypanophobia,” Agranoff deadpanned, using the word for “extreme fear of needles.”

Fox said Sconzo offered to have the event for her.

The psychologist and entrepreneur has raised $4,560 in her bid for the seat and spent $4,000, leaving her with a few hundred to spend on her campaign.

It’s hard to put a gloss on why she’s tens of thousands of dollars behind the other Republicans in her Primary, one of whom has crossed the $100,000 line in money raised.

Between her personal campaign account and her political committee, Megan Weinberger, a nonprofit executive, has added a total of $113,025 to her campaign in two months of fundraising. In June, Weinberger collected $20,500 in donations.

No. 2 in the money race, businessman Anthony Aguirre has raised $70,575, adding $10,250 in June.

Palm Beach State College professor Christian Acosta has raised $25,000 for his campaign, all in the month of June.

Jon Carter, who was Roth’s legislative aide, has collected a total of $12,660 from donors, $1,400 of it in June, and gave his campaign a $15,000 loan.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].

One comment

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 20, 2023 at 11:12 am

    After Casey does the Big D to Little Rhonda Dee, I bet Little Rhonda Dee tries to marry this MFL. I’ll also wager that she turns him down cold.

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