Clear-cut ‘Winner of the Week in Florida politics’? Patrick Murphy

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Just in case the Tampa Bay Times‘ Adam Smith has not written his column naming the Winner and Loser of the Week in Florida politics, there is a clear-cut winner…

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy.

Sure, Murphy has taken some flak this past week from his left flank, but other than that, he couldn’t ask for a better seven days.

Not only did Murphy win the endorsements of Mayors Bob Buckhorn of Tampa and Andrew Gillum of Tallahassee, but his strongest likely opponent, Republican Jeff Atwater, announced on Saturday he would not run for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

With Will Weatherford more likely to run in 2018 than next year, Murphy now just has to maneuver past U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson on his left and U.S. Ron DeSantis and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera on his right.

Let’s be honest, running against those guys will be a walk in the park compared to Murphy’s first race against Allen West in 2012.

If one has some money in the political futures market PredictIt, today might be a good day to buy a few options on the Democrats winning Florida’s U.S. Senate seat in 2016.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.