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Fort Lauderdale attorney Jim Lewis abandons GOP, will run as Independent for attorney general

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Fort Lauderdale attorney Jim Lewis cut ties to the Republican Party Tuesday and announced he would run as an independent in Florida’s attorney general race, mirroring a similar backlash toward party affiliations across the state and country. Lewis, 52, a trial lawyer and former assistant state attorney from Orlando, said he saw the switch as his best chance for winning a race in which he is among the lesser known candidates. “The extreme right isn’t always right, and the far…

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