Dan Bongino speaks at 17th annual Black Tie and Blue Jeans BBQ fundraiser

Published: Oct. 18, 2019 at 4:42 AM EDT
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Donning their black ties and blue jeans, Alachua County Republicans rallied together at the 17th annual GOP fundraiser Thursday night.

This year, hundreds gathered at the Legacy Park Event Center in Alachua to hear keynote speaker, Dan Bongino, a featured Fox News contributor and author of “Spygate”.

Previous keynote speakers included Sean Hannity, Marco Rubio and Laura Ingraham.

It’s an opportunity for republicans in the county to promote their party’s mission statement and raise money in preparation for Florida’s presidential primary on March 17, 2020.

"Well, we have generous sponsors and this is an event that we raise money for the republican party, so that we can elect candidates, be competitive in races and make sure that as we move into 2020, we have all hands on deck and we're ready to go," one attendee said.

Republican leaders also spoke at the event, such as Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Marie Núñez and Florida House majority leader Dan Eagle.