For those who complain that politics is too political, two former Florida congressmen are floating an unprecedented antidote: A bipartisan ticket for governor.
Patrick Murphy would enter the Democratic primary and if he won the nomination, would name as his running mate David Jolly, a Pinellas County Republican who has become a fixture on national news shows for his opposition to President Donald Trump.
“I have to admit, it’s intriguing,” said Renee Joslyn, a 61-year-old registered Democrat from Miami, who received a call Monday from a pollster asking about Murphy and Jolly and the political climate in Tallahassee. “I’m old enough to remember when it wasn’t as ugly as it is now.”
Joslyn prefers Gwen Graham, one of four Democrats officially in the race. And Murphy, who has some statewide name recognition after challenging Sen. Marco Rubio in 2016, cautioned that the idea is in its infancy. Supporters asked for polling, he said, and he agreed to test the air.
Murphy, 35 and the son of a wealthy South Florida builder, would seek the gubernatorial nomination because Jolly, 45, would stand virtually no chance in the Republican primary, where candidates are trying to line up with Trump and strong conservative policies. Jolly lost his House seat in 2016 to Democrat Charlie Crist.
But even if nothing happens — “I certainly didn’t say yes to actually running!” Murphy said in a text message, declining additional comment — the development speaks to the unsettled race for governor and the unpredictability of Florida politics.
It also comes amid a push for a new approach to politics…