Attorney John Morgan said Friday he won’t seek the Democratic nomination and plans to leave the Democratic Party.
Morgan; “While it’s amazing to be leading the polls for Governor without being a candidate I can’t muster the enthusiasm to run for the nomination. And I can’t muster enthusiasm for any of today’s politicians. They are all the same. Both parties. I plan to register as an Independent and when I vote, vote for the lesser of two evils. And if I ever ran, run as an Independent.” (Facebook)
“Morgan did not close the door on the idea of running for governor himself … but said in his message, if he did, he would do so as an independent.”
“Morgan, though, said he thinks [Sen. Bill Nelson (D)] should run for governor, not a fourth-term in the U.S. Senate. … Morgan said” former Rep. Gwen Graham (D) “could run for Senate, a post he deems less important than governor because Democrats are in the minority in that chamber.” He also predicted Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle (D) would run for governor following his decision.
Morgan: “I believe [Nelson] should run for governor. He is the Dem’s best chance and he would be happier there. … In the Senate he accomplishes nothing. As governor he could have a legacy.” (Politico)
RELEVANT. State House Speaker Richard Corcoran (R) “wants Congress to put an end to a ‘perverse hush fund’ that has been used over the years to settle sexual harassment claims.” (Florida Politics)
BIG PICTURE. “The trend line is clear: In Miami-Dade, an ethnically diverse metropolitan area where staunchly Republican Cuban-Americans have traditionally played a leading role in politics, the Democrats are gaining ground. … Currently, Democrats account for about 42 percent of registered voters in Miami-Dade, followed by 31 percent without a party affiliation and 27 percent registering as Republicans.” (Tampa Bay Times)
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