America's favorite pastime is, of course, baseball. Tallahassee's favorite pastime is, of course, raising money.
Senate Republicans will merge the two next month when they hold a fund-raiser at Yankee Stadium during an Aug. 13 game between the Bronx Bombers and the Los Angeles Angels. A VIP reception precedes the baseball. The Yankees, who train in Tampa every spring, are represented in Tallahassee by the lobbyist Brian Ballard and his partners.
The listed co-hosts on the invitation are Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and his designated successor, Sen. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando. The money will benefit Senate Majority 2014, the fund-raising account for GOP senators who are up for re-election. Sixteen of the 26 Republican senators will face the voters in 2014.
No suggested donation is listed on the invitation because this is a soft money event. Gaetz, Gardiner & Co. are swinging for the fences: They want big checks.
-- Steve Bousquet