Joe Biden's latest foray into Florida politics finds him backing Margaret Good in HD 72 special election - Florida Politics

Joe Biden’s latest foray into Florida politics finds him backing Margaret Good in HD 72 special election

Vice President Joe Biden is endorsing Democrat Margaret Good in the special election for Florida House District 72.

“I’m proud to endorse Margaret Good, who gives us a real opportunity to elect a strong Democrat to a critical seat in the Florida House,” Biden said. “Margaret will be a champion in Tallahassee in the fight for affordable health care, public education for all our kids, and protecting Florida’s vital coastline.”

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Biden’s endorsement has become one of the Florida Democratic Party’s encore moves since the former vice president left office. He also endorsed state Senate candidate Annette Taddeo and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman in their successful off-year elections.

Good is engaged in an intense battle for the south Sarasota County seat against Republican James Buchanan and Libertarian Alison Foxall. The special election, set for Feb. 13, was made necessary after Republican Alex Miller vacated the seat last September.

“It is a true honor to have the endorsement of Vice President Joe Biden,” said Good. “It is a testament to the power of the grassroots campaign we have built together to bring much-needed change to Tallahassee. The time is now to end one-party rule in our state government and Republican attacks on our public schools, home rule, and environmental protections.”

A survey conducted two weeks ago by St. Pete Polls shows the race to be close, with Buchanan hanging on to a three-point lead, 49-46 percent, with Foxall at 3 percent.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley comes to Sarasota this week to stump for Good, while former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will appear at a get-out-the-vote event next weekend.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.
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