Wealthy trial attorney John Morgan officially announced that he won’t run for Governor in Florida, is becoming an independent, and will withhold his millions from the Democratic National Committee.
By Jacob Engels
After months of toying with the idea of running for Governor on the Democratic line, Lake Mary based trial attorney John Morgan announced he would not run for Governor on Twitter earlier Friday morning.
“Spent all of Thanksgiving with my whole family. While it’s amazing to be leading the polls for Governor without being a candidate I can’t muster the enthusiasm to run for the nomination,” Morgan posted on Twitter in a two-part statement.
While Morgan’s decision not to run for Governor is already front-page news, the fact that he is bolting the Democratic Party could be the story of the year.
His second tweet…
“And I can’t muster enthusiasm for any of today’s politicians. They are all the same. Both parties. I plan to register as an Independent and when I vote, vote for the lesser of two evils. And if I ever ran, run as an Independent.”
This means that Mr. Morgan, who has spent decades raising millions for the Democratic Party and their candidates, has closed his checkbook on a political party he built. Morgan was known for his lavish parties with top-billed guests like Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and other liberal elites like musician Jimmy Buffet.
Just under a year ago, he hosted a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at his Heathrow home that cost over $2,500 for an entry-level ticket. Over the years, Morgan cemented himself as the go-to-guy among aspiring candidates and Democratic fundraisers looking to raise coin.
He made sure the 2008, 2012 Obama campaign was flush with cash, allowing the former President to win his first election and secure a second term. Though she was unsuccessful in beating Trump, Morgan also made sure the Clinton campaign was not hurting for cash.
Now, he is refusing to give money to the Democratic National Committee, and called out the corruption occurring within the organization. When asked by Politico about the DNC, Morgan referenced former DNC Chair Donna Brazile’s book, where Brazile documents massive corruption at the DNC.
“F— no,” he said when asked if he would help national organizations. “That’s like pissing money down a rat hole. Read Donna [Brazile’s] book”
A Morgan bid for Governor would have been the most exciting things to follow in 2018, and I think he would have won. Unfiltered and authentic, not one candidate on either side would have been able to stop him. Maybe in a political world pre-Trump, but not in the post-Trump victory era.
There were even rumors that he was going to partner with millennial Republican Tax Collector Joel Greenberg of Seminole County as his running mate.
Greenberg says party politics are becoming a thing of the past, and that he plans on raising $20million in the next 6-months to support upstart candidates around the state.
“I think John has a lot to offer. I’ve known his family my entire life, and they are some of the finest people I’ve ever met. Partisan politics are becoming a thing of the past. John sees it, I see it too.
There is a lot more happening behind the scene, this much I can assure you. My goal is to raise $20M over the next six months, and that’s all I am allowed to say,” Greenberg texted the Central Florida Post.
Trump advisor Roger Stone even praised Morgan’s chances.
“I really like John Morgan. He’s a straight shooter and his advocacy of medicinal marijuana is nothing less than heroic. Partisanship aside, he would have been a strong candidate and good Governor. I’m glad he has recognized the idea-barren bankruptcy of the Democratic Party. “
Morgan ranked first in nearly every poll done on the Democratic primary for Governor, thanks to his aggressive marketing for his law firm (Morgan & Morgan), that put his face in front of millions across Florida each day.
Jumping out of the running as a candidate for Governor in Florida as a Democrat, and his switching to Independent is a big problem for Democrats, both statewide and nationally.
The fact that he is taking it a step further to trash the DNC’s rigged election and overall incompetence, is a direct slight at his pal Hillary Clinton, for whom he raised a small fortune.
Since announcing his break from the Democratic Party, Morgan has been lambasting party operatives… providing vicious and memorable quotes to any news outlet that asks.
This is a threat level “midnight” scenario for the Democratic Party, both the statewide and national Democrats are already dealing with a never-ending saga of scandals.
From charges of cronyism and corruption, to sexual harassment and coverups, it looked to be the proverbial “rock-bottom.”
But it wasn’t.
November 24th of 2017 is the day the Democratic Party hit rock-bottom. They have lost one of their biggest donors and a candidate built perfectly for this political climate. It wasn’t even on good terms.
Ask yourself, how horrific and deep are the problems within the Democratic Party? Bad enough for one of it’s biggest investors to jump-ship and pull the rug out from under Democrats the day after Thanksgiving.
That’s how bad it is.
Imagine putting MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS over decades of time into a political party and it’s candidates? That’s not an investment you walk away from unless it has become fundamentally broken, beyond repair.
And given his singling out of the rigged convention process orchestrated by Team Clinton, Morgan is making himself very clear about how he feels the Clinton campaign was run.
The takeaways for the Democratic Party are obvious…
1). Hillary Clinton was an insanely flawed candidate.
2). She stole the primary and scrubbed out in the general.
3). Clinton morally and ethically bankrupt Democrats.
4). Stop blaming Trump, pick yourself up, chart a new course (w/o Clinton).
Ignoring the meaning behind Morgan’s departure will equal an almost sure defeat in 2018 and 2020 for the Democratic Party.
I’m betting they will not read the writing on the wall, which is sad. Voters deserve a real completion, one that the current Democratic Party can’t give them.
Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, and Fox News to name a few. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.