Prominent Orlando attorney John Morgan put rumors of a Florida gubernatorial run to rest Friday, saying he won't be running — at least not as a Democrat.
- John Morgan says he's not going to run for Florida governor
- Morgan said if he did, he would run as an independent
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In a tweet, the attorney known for his ubiquitous TV ads for his law firm, Morgan and Morgan, said he "can't muster the enthusiasm to run for the nomination."
Spent all of Thanksgiving with my whole family. 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— John Morgan (@JohnMorganESQ) November 24, 2017
Rumors had been swirling for months that he'd make a bid for the Democratic nomination for the 2018 race.
But in a follow-up tweet, Morgan — who's been active in Democratic circles and has hosted President Barack Obama at his home for a fund-raiser — said that if he ever ran, it would be as an independent.
Now, on to the question of a possible @JohnMorganESQ independent #flgov candidacy. A lot's changed since @CharlieCrist's failed '10 indie bid for Senate: big money PCs, weaker parties & less party loyalty. And unlike Crist, Morgan's popular among voters of all stripes.— Troy Kinsey (@TroyKinsey) November 24, 2017
Morgan also is well-known for his support of medical marijuana and bankrolled support for Florida's constitutional amendment authorizing it.