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Rick Scott: Raising money in Twin Cities, then off to Bogotá

Gov. Rick Scott flew to Minnesota Monday to raise more money for his U.S. Senate race, and on Tuesday, he will head south to Bogotá, Colombia, to attend the swearing-in ceremonies for that country’s new president.

Scott's Minnesota fund-raiser included a number of deep-pocket Republicans with Florida ties, along with Stanley Hubbard, a long-time Republican donor and owner of TV and radio stations in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. According to this MinnPost account, Hubbard morphed from the anti-Trump camp to the pro-Trump crowd in the 2016 election.

On Tuesday, Scott will be in Bogota, Colombia, to attend the inauguration of that country’s new 41-year-old president, conservative Iván Duque.

The governor's office said that while in the Latin American nation, Scott will meet with exiled Venezuelan leaders "to discuss ways for Florida to continue to oppose the brutal regime of Nicolas Maduro."

Scott has emphasized his efforts to connect with Hispanic voters in his Senate race against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. On Monday, Scott's campaign unveiled a new Spanish-language ad, "Esperanza" (hope).