Hillary Clinton is squeezing some Shalala time into her upcoming Florida swing on behalf of Andrew Gillum.
Donna Shalala's campaign announced Thursday that the former Secretary of State and presidential candidate will host a luncheon fundraiser for Shalala on October 24, though the time and location is to be determined. Shalala and Clinton are close. The former University of Miami president served as Bill Clinton's Health and Human Services Secretary and led the Clinton Foundation from 2015-2017.
“It is such an honor to have Hillary coming to South Florida to support our campaign,” Shalala said in a release. “Senator Clinton has been my friend for 40 years, but more importantly, she is a trailblazer for women everywhere.”
Shalala is running for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's vacant congressional seat against Republican TV journalist Maria Elvira Salazar, who has run a strong campaign despite the district's Democratic lean. Shalala raised over $1 million in the most recent fundraising quarter, a healthy sum that can fund additional TV ads against Salazar in the campaign's final stretch.
Clinton won 63 percent of the vote in Miami-Dade County in 2016 and won Ros-Lehtinen's congressional district by nearly 20 percentage points over Trump, whose performance in Miami-Dade was the worst by a GOP presidential nominee in decades. Clinton also won the 2016 Democratic presidential primary with nearly 75 percent of the vote over Bernie Sanders.