Randy Perkins says he’s transferred $1 million to campaign to succeed Patrick Murphy

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The same day that Republican Mark Freeman said he’d put $1 million of his own money into his campaign to succeed Florida Congressman Patrick Murphy, Democrat Randy Perkins reminded him: Beat you to it.

Isaiah Nelson, Perkins’ campaign manager, confirmed to FloridaPolitics.com Thursday that Perkins transferred $1 million to his campaign on Dec. 4.

Murphy, a Democrat, is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio, now a Republican presidential candidate.

“I am fully committed to the future of the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast, and in Congress, I will use my business perspective to cut gridlock that prevents real progress in Washington,” said Perkins, an entrepreneur and CEO of South Florida-based AshBritt Environmental, a disaster recovery company.

“I will work to get our economy working again to create well paying jobs, refocus our fight for affordable, accessible, and high-quality mental health care services, protect the Medicare and Social Security you’ve paid for and were promised, and reform the Veterans Administration to make sure the men and women who serve our nation get the quality healthcare they deserve,” he added.

The Palm Beach Post reported Thursday morning that Freeman, a Boca Raton physician, pledged to self-fund his election bid by $1 million.

Other candidates for the seat include Republicans Rebecca Negron, wife of Florida Senate President-designate Joe Negron, and Carl Domino, the former congressman seeking a return to Washington.

The 18th Congressional District, even as redrawn after a recent redistricting court challenge, covers St. Lucie, Martin and northern Palm Beach counties, from north to south.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.