Dean in Tampa to heal rift

05/21/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

With Barack Obama coming to Tampa tomorrow at noon at the *St. Pete Times Forum, Hillary Clinton has decided to spend some quality time in the Sunshine State as well. Clinton will make three appearances in South Florida tomorrow.

Clinton appears in Boca Raton at 1 p.m., in Sunrise at 4 p.m. and at the University of Miami in Coral Gables at 8.

Meanwhile, approximately 50 Florida supporters of both candidates were in the same room last night in Tampa. They appeared at Mise En Place restauarant at a fundraiser featuring Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean.

The Sarasota Herald Tribune reported that Dean slipped in and out of the restaurant through a side door to avoid speaking with media members who sought to interview him.

Ana Cruz is a spokesperson with, and was just named as a delegate for Clinton over the weekend. She said Dean discussed the situation with Florida’s congressional delegates, which at this point have not been counted because of the penalty the national party imposed on Florida and Michigan for voting earlier than allowed.

The fight between Obama and Clinton has been intense throughout the country, but perhaps has been even more contentious in Florida, with the Clinton camp calling for the Jan. 29 contest to count, and Obama supporters stressing that the rules dictated that the election did not count.

But Clinton supporter Ana Cruz says that she is prepared to work as hard as possible once a candidate is finally elected, even if it is Barack Obama.

WMNF contacted Frank Sanchez, a top local Democrat working nationally for Barack Obama. But we were unable to reach him by airtime.

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