Florida Democrats were dealt a blow on Friday when one of their top-tier gubernatorial recruits, multimillionaire lawyer John Morgan, announced that he will not run in 2018. Morgan claimed that he “can’t muster the enthusiasm to run for the nomination.”
Not only did Morgan announce that he would not run for governor as a Democrat, but he also announced that he was leaving the Democratic Party, stating that his “disillusionment” with the party had been “brewing.” As the Miami Herald reported, Morgan’s exit “likely isn’t great news for Florida’s Democratic Party.”
With Morgan staying out of the race, Democrats will now be forced to pin their hopes on a lackluster field of candidates who have drawn more headlines for infighting, legal issues, and embarrassing gaffes than providing solutions to help the people of Florida. As the party’s problems continue to deepen with each passing day, Florida Democrats’ chances of victory in 2018 continue to worsen.
The Miami Herald reports:
“One of Florida’s most prolific Democratic donors, a bourbon-swilling, salty-tongued lawyer with his own slogan and medical marijuana as his pet cause, is out.
In a series of tweets Friday morning, John Morgan announced his flirtation with running for governor as a Democrat is over, as is his affiliation with either political party.
‘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,’ he wrote.
This likely isn’t great news for Florida’s Democratic Party, which has traditionally counted on Morgan to open his wallet for its candidates. He’s been known to host fundraising dinners for Hillary Clinton and charge thousands of dollars a plate.”