Parrot Heads flocked to Hollywood Thursday evening to absorb the booze-soaked sounds of Jimmy Buffett as the singer who brought Key West to the world held a free concert to support Gwen Graham’s campaign for Florida governor.
To the extent they were there for a political event, though, is debatable.
“I am an original Parrot Head,” boasted Susan Best, 58, of Hollywood, who was decked out head to toe in green-and-pink flamingo attire. “I couldn’t believe he is playing a free show in my backyard.”
With Graham seeking the Democratic nomination in a five-way race, Buffett’s gratis appearance in a city that boasts a Margaritaville beach resort — and a county with the most Democratic voters in the state — could help her. The 71-year-old singer resonates with an older, whiter crowd, a demographic with whom Graham, 55, should perform well.
Some of the attendees said they’d already made up their mind — to vote for someone other than Graham.
“We came despite the politics,” said Deanna Bloom, 34. “This [Graham] isn’t even who we are for.”
Buffett is scheduled to perform at a get-out-the-vote rally for Democrats Hillary Clinton, Patrick Murphy, and Charlie Crist on Monday. The event is meant to urge voters to get to the polls on Election Day.
Buffett is expected to be joined by Murphy and Crist. He’ll also perform a short set of songs with Country Music Musician of the Year Mac McAnally.
Murphy faces Sen. Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate race, while Crist, the state’s former governor, is hoping to unseat Rep. David Jolly.
Mayor Rick Kriseman will welcome Buffett and the candidates. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Albert Whitted Park in downtown St. Petersburg. The event is free and open to the public.
From Orlando Weekly: Singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffett recently took a break from his idyllic life of sponge cake and frozen concoctions to weigh in on two of Florida’s controversial ballot amendments.
Buffett urged Floridians to vote against utilities-backed solar Amendment 1 and vote in favor of Amendment 2, a medical marijuana initiative.
“This solar power amendment— you’ve heard a lot about it,” Buffett says. “It’s obvious what’s going on there. We’ve been enjoying the sun for most of our lives living in Florida. Now it’s time to use it right and use it for everybody’s benefit.”
A vote in favor of medical marijuana got a big “Duh!” from Buffett.
“All it took for me was to fall off the stage in Australia and have to get serious medical attention afterward,” he says. “I can tell you from first-hand experience that medical-marijuana is a great cure.”
Hillary Clinton is planning to forgo her annual Hamptons vacation and accompanying luxury beach rental this summer – embarking instead on a condensed three-day fundraising blitz in the moneyed East End in late August.
The Democratic nominee, whose campaign is currently focused on recruiting Republicans disgusted with Donald Trump into the fold, is packing in up to nine big-dollar events during a Hamptons fundraising sprint beginning Aug. 28 and ending Aug. 30, according to three sources familiar with the campaign’s fundraising strategy.
Singer Jimmy Buffett, a Montauk resident, is expected to host a Clinton fundraiser at his home, the sources said.