For a while, the rumor of Patrick Murphy and David Jolly running a bipartisan ticket to replace term-limited Governor Rick Scott was gaining traction. Now, Patrick Murphy has officially shot down the idea by moving forward with his endorsement of former Congresswoman Gwen Graham.
Murphy joined Congresswoman Graham at a press conference in Pembroke Pines, and he explained that Gwen is the type of candidate that he wanted to run as.
In a news release issued by Graham’s campaign, Murphy details that “I have decided not to enter the race for governor because there is one Democratic candidate already demonstrating the leadership Florida needs and fighting for the values we share — and that Democrat is Gwen Graham. I’m proud to support Gwen because she’s determined to expand access to affordable health care in Florida, will always stand up to protect Florida’s environment, and will finally give our public schools the attention and leadership our children, families and teachers deserve.”
In response to the endorsement, Graham commented that “I’m proud to call Patrick Murphy a close friend and am honored to have his support. In Congress, we worked together to ban oil drilling off Florida’s beaches and to restore the Everglades. I was proud to support him in his campaign against Marco Rubio and, as governor, I will work with Patrick to restore our promise to public schools, protect our environment and build an economy that works for every Floridian.”
Jolly has not endorsed a gubernatorial candidate yet.