Who wants to take on Senate President Andy Gardiner and Majority Leader Bill Galvano in a fishing tournament? Maybe the better question is who doesn't want to?
Fresh off a special session to redraw Congressional maps, Florida Senate Republicans will put on a two-day fundraiser tournament in the Keys at Cheeca Lodge and Spa, the latest in a flurry of big-ticket escapades benefitting the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee.
The resort, in Islamorada, bills itself as "a premier destination for serious anglers." And serious GOP contributors, as well.
In addition to Gardiner, R-Orlando, and Galvano, R-Bradenton, Republican Sens. Lizbeth Benacquisto of Fort Myers, Rob Bradley of Fleming Island, Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg, Anitere Flores of Miami, Denise Grimsley of Sebring, Jack Latvala of Clearwater, Tom Lee of Brandon, Joe Negron of Stuart and Wilton Simpson of Trilby.
Several GOP senators are in California this week for a golf fundraiser at Pebble Beach.
The committee is gearing up for what could be a very active 2016 election as the state Senate district maps are undergoing legal challenges. Already, the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee has raised $3,218,000 this calendar year.
If a court overthrows the district maps or the Legislature decides to redraw them, the entire Senate would be up for reelection, including the 20 members whose terms end in 2018.
In that eventuality, Senate Republicans would need to defend 26 seats. One senator, Latvala, is already banking on that. He filed for re-election, even though he'll face 2018 term limits, so that he can start raising money for a possible 2016 run.