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Ted Deutch endorses Patrick Murphy in Senate bid

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy has received an early endorsement this morning on the first day of his campaign for U.S. Senate.

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, who represents Florida’s 21st Congressional District, released a statement of support for the Jupiter Democrat, who announced today he is seeking Marco Rubio’s Senate seat. Rubio will vacate the seat if he chooses to run for president in 2016.

“I am proud to endorse my friend, colleague, and fellow Democrat Patrick Murphy for the United States Senate,” Deutch said.

“Patrick will fight for the same things in the U.S. Senate that we have fought for together in the U.S. House, like protecting Social Security and Medicare, raising wages for hardworking Americans, and fighting for a safer and cleaner environment.”

“Patrick always puts the needs of Florida families, seniors, and small businesses first, and that’s why I plan on doing whatever I can to help him win in 2016.”

Although Rubio has not yet announced a presidential campaign, he told reporters recently he would not seek re-election to the Senate if he does. Florida law prohibits candidates from seeking two offices simultaneously on the same ballot.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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