12:39 pm Jul. 23, 20121
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former president Bill Clinton are hosting a fund-raiser for Nancy Soderberg, a former National Security Council member who is running for a state senate seat in Florida.
Soderberg was a foreign-policy adviser to Bloomberg during his second mayoral term, at a time when he was raising his national profile ahead of the 2008 presidential election.
Money raised from the August 9 event at the Harvard Club will go toward the Principled Leadership for Florida PAC, which allows contributors to get around a $500 campaign limit for candidates.
There's a pretty intense primary fight on the Republican side to determine Soderberg's general-election opponent for the open seat, which covers all of Nassau County and part of Duval County in the state's most northeastern corner. The Republican candidates are former state representative Aaron Bean and State Rep. Mike Weinstein, both eyeing the top State Senate job in 2016. If Soderberg wins, it could be a major victory for Democrats.
It's also an opportunity for Bloomberg to link arms with Clinton, who has continued to exert public influence after leaving office, much as the term-limited mayor aspires to.