Patrick Murphy joining Lauren Baer in CD 18 announcement – Florida Politics

Patrick Murphy joining Lauren Baer in CD 18 announcement

Lauren Baer and Patrick Murphy

Democratic former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy is joining Democratic congressional candidate Lauren Baer Monday, likely for the announcement of his endorsement of her for the Florida’s 18th Congressional District seat he once held.

An endorsement would be a push against fellow Democratic candidate Pam Keith, Murphy’s former opponent in a previous race, who’s been running an outsiders’ campaign for the CD 18 nomination anyway. Baer has set the announcement for 10 a.m. Monday at her campaign headquarters in Jupiter.

They both want a shot at Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, who succeeded Murphy for the seat when Murphy ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

Keith also ran in that U.S. Senate race, losing in the Democratic primary to Murphy.

Baer, of Palm Beach Gardens, has raised more than $1 million, and has gathered enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in the Treasure Coast district.

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

2 Comments

  1. I am a registered Democrat, only because Florida is a closed primary state, and I will vote for the most progressive candidates in the primary: Candidates, who advocate joining the rest of the world’s single-payer health care for everyone #MedicareForALL; candidates, who recognize the need to appeal to grassroots voters — not big money profiteers, who expect favorable legislation for the 1% to hell with the people. Patrick Murphy is a recruited Republican, who votes like a Republican. So, no doubt, I will vote for Keith. And when she doesn’t win because the #DCCC and #DNC stack the deck against progressives, then I will be voting for an Independent or Green in the general election. I want my party back! Keep feeding us corporate-shills and the party will keep losing.

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