Democrat lawyer Gwen Graham wants to go to Washington and she’s getting some help from Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca’s new campaign treasurer Dev Ramesh Motwani. For just $250 you can join a who’s who of Broward Democrats as they raise funds for Graham’s battle against Republican Congressman Steve Southerland. Graham, a an administrator for the Leon County School District, wants to represent CD-2 which includes Tallahassee and Panama City. The Graham fundraiser is being held this Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale home of Stephanie Toothaker, a lobbyist with the Tripp Scott law firm.
Besides Toothaker and Motwani, other hosts include Mitchell Berger, a friend of Al Gore who played a role in the 2000 Presidential recount, Chip Burpee, a former Graham aide, Alain Jean, a Democrat campaign operative, Ashley Walker, the fomer Florida director of Obama For America (OFA) and uber-lobbyist George Platt and his sidekick Seth Platt.
Gwen Graham’s parents, Senator and Mrs. Bob Graham will be in attendance as well.
Florida Democrat Chair Allison Tant said Gwen Graham “will bring her independent voice to Washington and offer real solutions rather than political gamesmanship and partisan bickering. We are confident she will run a strong campaign centered on the North Florida values that have defined her life and her family’s legacy of service.”
The DailyKos raved, “She would be taking on incumbent Republican Steve Southerland in a purple district which includes blue Leon county home of Florida State University…She’s an environmentalist, a public school advocate, labor advocate and she has great genes!”
Wonder if Steve Southerland will appreciate LaMarca’s campaign guy helping out Graham?
As Daily Broward reported last week, Mr. Motwani, a Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel developer, gave more than $5,000 to Patrick Murphy. Motwani gave another Democrat, Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, $1,500 for her US Congressional bid. He gave Jacobs’ opponent, Lois Frankel, another Democrat, $1,500 too. Motwani gave local Democrats Mike Satz and Jared Moskowitz $500 each. Not exactly favorites in Broward Republican households.