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Murphy endorsements from current and former politicians grows, but Grayson not concerned



Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy keeps piling up endorsements from members of Congress and political leaders in Florida, but his chief rival Alan Grayson said he’s far from concerned.

In fact Grayson, an Orlando Democrat, said he hopes Murphy, a Democrat from Jupiter, keeps rolling out the endorsements to further stress who is the anti-establishment candidate.

“Everytime he rolls out another one of these, it makes the choice even clearer,” Grayson said in an interview with the Times/Herald.

On Monday former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, a Florida Democrat who also served two terms as that state’s governor, is scheduled to do a campaign event with Murphy. And yesterday, Murphy announced he has now gained the endorsement of 46 of the 188 Democrats currently in the House of Representatives.

“I’m honored to have so many progressive leaders and Democratic colleagues supporting my campaign for U.S. Senate,” Murphy said in a statement.

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden also endorsed Murphy.

Grayson said he doesn’t spend much time trying to get inside the Beltway endorsements. He said his campaign is operating in a “fundamentally different way.” 

“The Patrick Murphy campaign is a campaign that revolves around buying endorsements,” Grayson said.

Grayson instead is highlighting small donations that he says is evidence of more grass roots support.

Murphy and Grayson square off in the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate on  Aug. 30. On the Republican side, Manatee County Developer Carlos Beruff; U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra Beach; U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores; Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, of Miami; and Tampa businessman Todd Wilcox are battling to win the Aug. 30 primary.

The candidates are vying to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who bypassed running for re-election in his failed bid for the White House.

[Last modified: Friday, March 18, 2016 1:19pm]


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