Congressman Patrick Murphy has been racking up major Democratic endorsements at a rapid clip since he launched his bid for the U.S. Senate back in late March. On Thursday he continued that trend, announcing via news release that he has secured the support of 25 sitting Florida state legislators. “From South Florida to Tampa, from Orlando to the Panhandle, people are joining this campaign to get Washington working for Florida,” said Murphy in a written statement. He continued: “I am overwhelmed to have the support of so many state lawmakers, who are leaders in their communities. While they battle obstruction and extremism inTallahassee, I, too, will continue that fight in Washington.” The all-Democratic roster of backers includes former Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, House Minority Leader Designate Janet Cruz, fellow Palm Beach pol Senator Joe Abruzzo and Dean of the Senate, former President Gwen Margolis, and a slew of sitting representatives. Sen. Jeff Clemens is notably included in the newly minted list of Murphy backers, on the same day the Lake Worth lawmakers announced that he will not seek Murphy’s soon to be vacant 18th Congressional District seat. The full slate of recent legislative endorsers, a listed in Murphy campaign news release, is below. State Senator Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington State Senator Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth State Senator Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville State Senator Gwen Margolis, D-Miami Beach State Senator Jeremy Ring, D-Margate State Senator Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale State Representative Bruce Antone, D-Orlando State Representative Lori Berman, D-Lantana State Representative Janet Cruz, D-Tampa State Representative Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg State Representative Katie Edwards, D-Plantation State Representative Joe Gellar, D-Aventura State Representative Kristin Jacobs, D-Pompano Beach State Representative Evan Jenne, D-Hollywood State Representative Shevrin D. Jones, D-West Park State Representative Dave Kerner, D-Lake Worth State Representative Larry Lee, Jr., D-Port St. Lucie State Representative Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs State Representative Ed Narain, D-Tampa State Representative Bobby Powell, D-Riviera Beach State Representative Kevin Rader, D-Delray Beach State Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami State Representative Irving Slosberg, D-Boca Raton State Representative Dwayne L. Taylor, D-Daytona Beach State Representative Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee
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