Jeremy Ring picks up endorsement of Patrick Murphy, once mentioned as possible CFO candidate - Florida Politics

Jeremy Ring picks up endorsement of Patrick Murphy, once mentioned as possible CFO candidate

As the deadline to qualify for the statewide ballot comes into focus, former state Senator Jeremy Ring has picked up the endorsement of a fellow Democrat occasionally mentioned as a possible primary opponent.

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy signaled his support for Ring’s bid to be Chief Financial Officer, citing the former Yahoo executive’s “acuity.”

“From Yahoo to the Florida Senate, there is no other candidate with the extensive background and innovative hides he brings to the table,” Murphy said in a release. “That’s why I’m proud to support him.”

Murphy, the party’s nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2016, has been mentioned as a possible CFO candidate, especially given his background in accounting and finance.

Murphy’s closing the door on a 2018 run is likely the last obstacle Ring will face to running all but unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Current CFO Jimmy Patronis is running for a full-term in the Cabinet post. He’s expected to be joined by state Senator Tom Lee in the Republican primary.

An early poll showed Ring with a slight lead over Patronis, 37-35, though that 2-point spread fell well within the 3.7 percentage point margin of error.

The chance to pick up a spot on the powerful Cabinet also played a role in Murphy’s decision to back Ring.

“After 20 years of Republican rule, Floridians are hungry for a fresh approach and I can think of no one better than Jeremy Ring to steer us forward.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Orlando Rising and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.
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