Red Dog Blue Dog waters down political divide with brews, puppy love

Imagine a less divided world where politicians from both parties meet in a bar just to share a few drinks. Or even pour out a couple of rounds for the house.

That seeming fantasy becomes reality once again at the annual Red Dog Blue Dog Celebrity Bartender Event in Tallahassee. The March 12 event will bring teams of Republican and Democratic bartenders behind the bar 6-9 p.m. at Township, 619 S. Woodward Ave.

The heady dream remains to raise thousands for the distinctly bipartisan cause of boosting animal shelter budgets in the Tallahassee area.

Florida Politics got the scoop on high-profile bartenders mixing things up this year.

Team Red will include Visit Florida President Dana Young, Senate Majority Leader Kathleen Passidomo, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Joe Gruters and Lakeland State Rep. Colleen Burton.

Team Blue will include Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz, Miami Sen. Annette Taddeo, Broward Rep. Evan Jenne and Jacksonville Rep. Tracie Davis.

“We have influential lawmakers from both sides of the aisle,” said Sara Clements, event spokesperson. “They’re not being paid. They’re not getting anything out of it other than hopefully a positive experience.”

With luck, everyone involved leaves knowing there’s a stronger foundation for several Tallahassee-area shelters.

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