Perniciaro Banks Over $300k for Thrasher Challenge
The Charles Perniciaro for State Senate campaign has called a press conference for Wednesday to, among other things, announce their candidate's fundraising totals for the first reporting period.
Perniciaro, a beaches dermatologist, is spending a significant amount of his own money on the race, and sources familiar with his campaign are telling us that the challenger will announce that he's banked over $300,000 since entering the race in May. Of course, that total includes a very large loan from the candidate himself, so it's not clear how much outside money they've been able to tap into. Further, it's believed that the campaign still has in excess of $150,000 of that cash still on hand.
Perniciaro is challenging State Senator John Thrasher, who is also acting as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.
While Perniciaro initially seemed like an incredible long-shot, the candidate's willingness to dig deep into his own pocket will make this race significantly more interesting to watch. At the statewide level, voters are responding very favorably to candidates like Rick Scott and Jeff Greene, two political novices who are drawing almost entirely on personal resources to wage aggressive campaigns.
As of the end of March, the Thrasher campaign had raised $66,295 and spent $25,491. Expect that number to jump dramatically when official reports are filed on Friday. That's also when we'll get our first peek at fundraising figures for former television anchorwoman Deborah Gianoulis, who has entered the race as the lone Democrat.