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Lois Frankel endorses Patrick Murphy for Senate in 2016

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Lois Frankel has become the latest South Florida Democratic member of Congress to endorse Patrick Murphy’s candidacy for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

“It has been an honor to serve in Congress with Patrick Murphy, who shares my commitment to improving Florida by protecting hardworking American families, preserving Social Security and Medicare, and fighting for equality and women’s rights,” she said in a statement released this morning. “I am proud to support his campaign for U.S. Senate, where I know he will continue to be a strong Democratic leader and advocate for our community.”

In a tweet, Murphy wrote, “So honored to receive the endorsement of @LoisFrankel. I look fwd to continuing to work w/ her for our state.”

It was a nice birthday present for Murphy, who turns 32 today. Since he announced his candidacy a week ago, Murphy has been endorsed by three of his (more liberal) South Florida Democratic colleagues in the Florida congressional delegation. The others are Ted Deutch and Alcee Hastings. He also received the endorsement last Wednesday from the party’s 2014 gubernatorial candidate, Charlie Crist.

Frankel has been a mainstay in South Florida Democratic politics for decades. A former state legislator who became the first female minority leader in the state House, she became mayor of West Palm Beach in 2002, and was elected to Congress in 2012.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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