Ex-commissioner raises $10,500 in just two weeks

Rob Schenck’s opponent in the GOP primary for the District 44 state legislative seat has raised just one donation of $148.56.

Published August 18, 2006

Rob Schenck’s resignation didn’t hurt his rainmaking, it would appear.

The ex-Hernando County Commissioner raised $10,5000 in the last two weeks for his District 44 state legislative campaign.

“Hey, today I raised $5,500,” Schenck said Friday. “People kept stopping by and dropping off checks, and then I get home and there’s like $2,000 in the mail.”

Steve Mattingly, his opponent in the GOP primary, had a single in-kind donation of $148.56. Glenn Claytor, the only Democrat in the race, said he raised “not one dime.”

That brings Schenck’s total haul to $80,430, not counting the $5,500 he raised Friday.

None of the $10,500 came from inside the district, which includes most of Hernando, part of north central Pasco, and sections of Sumter and Lake Counties.

The largest of Schenck’s $10,500 came from two Tampa health care companies, including $5,500 from Wellcare Health Plans Inc. of Tampa and several of its divisions, and $2,000 from Harmony Health Systems Inc., also of Tampa, and related firms.

Mattingly has raised $1548.56, most of it out of his own pocket. The retired auto worker says this is his last bid for office. He’s lost state senate races twice before as a Democrat.

Claytor has raised $23,816.

Schenck, 31, resigned from his first term as Hernando County Commission on July 20 focus on his campaign. On Friday, state GOP Committeeman Tom Hogan Sr. was named Schenck’s temporary replacement.

The most recent reports cover July 29 to August 11. The next report, covering through Aug. 31, is due Sept. 1.

Asjylyn Loder can be reached at aloder@sptimes.com or (352)754-6127.