State Sen. John Thrasher said he is on track to meet his pledge to raise $1million for the Republican Party of Florida as a part of his bid for chairman. Thrasher told Buzz he raised more than $250,000 and expects to continue that pace for the final three weeks before the Feb. 20 vote, in which he faces underdog Sharon Day. He said its an exciting time to raise money after the GOP win the Massachusetts Senate race.
Buzz caught up with Thrasher this morning at Jacksonville International Airport as he read the Wall Street Journal while waiting for an early morning flight to Fort Lauderdale where he planned to speak at a tort reform conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and make a few fundraising visits.
Maybe the most telling detail about how his leadership would differ from the big-spending era of ousted Chairman Jim Greer is Thrasher's choice of airline: Southwest. No private jets and no first-class here. He said the price is right and it's almost always on time.
-- John Frank