Elton John To Stump For Janet Reno

Elton John has become the latest of Janet Reno's celebrity friends to aid her campaign to become governor of Florida, agreeing to sing at a September fundraiser.

Elton John has become the latest of Janet Reno's celebrity friends to aid her campaign to become governor of Florida, agreeing to sing at a September fundraiser. The 55-year-old entertainer will perform at a private, $500-per-ticket Sept. 18 event at a suburban Fort Lauderdale hotel, Reno spokesperson Nicole Harburger said yesterday (Aug. 1).

The two met when Reno was U.S. attorney general, and John recently invited the Democratic hopeful to an Academy Awards party, according to Harburger. "He said he'd do anything to support her campaign," she said.

Campaign officials for Reno's main Democratic challenger, Tampa lawyer Bill McBride, said they have their own plans. "But Bill may be singing, not Elton," said McBride spokesman Alan Stonecipher.

Reno has received help in her campaign to unseat Republican Gov. Jeb Bush from former talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell and "The West Wing" actor Martin Sheen. Last month, she held a fund-raiser at Miami Beach nightclub Level, where she showed off her dancing prowess. The dance party was based on her January 2001 appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

Reno is not planning to sing with John at next month's event, according to Harburger, which will come eight days after the state Democratic primary. "We're confident that we're going to be the nominee," Harburger said.


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