Why I hope John Morgan runs for governor but doubt he will
TAMPA — You don't have to like Donald Trump to acknowledge that the wealthy, unscripted and impulsive president has been a remarkable force in American politics. He defied the doubters, upended the establishment and has energized citizens and journalists alike.
John Morgan, the oft-advertised "For the People" personal injury lawyer, has a similarly common touch, blunt style and populist instincts. That's why so many see Morgan as a potentially game-changing candidate for Florida governor in 2018. He's scheduled to speak to the Tampa Tiger Bay Club on Friday.
Like Trump, the self-described "compassionate capitalist" Morgan defies easy ideological labeling. The Orlando-area Democrat, 61, would spend tens of millions of his own dollars to win. He's politically incorrect, too, but funnier than Trump.
Where other politicians have skeletons in the closet, Morgan once quipped, "I've got live bodies in the basement."
Alas, as much fun as he would be to cover, my hunch is Morgan ultimately takes a pass.