You’ve heard his commercials. You know, “Morgan and Morgan: For the People.” How would you feel about John Morgan representing all the people across the state of Florida as your governor?
Morgan was one of the main forces behind getting medical marijuana to pass last Tuesday as amendment 2, and now his name is emerging as a potential candidate for governor.
The website forthegovernor.com, has already gathered more than a thousand signatures in support of Morgan taking over Rick Scott’s seat in 2018, when Scott’s term is over.
Several Democratic consultants started the petition for Morgan, many of whom partnered with him to get medical marijuana passed.
"I don't care whether he runs as a Democrat, Republican, Communist or Klingon, I want John Morgan to be Florida's next Governor. I want John Morgan to be MY next Governor," wrote Ben Pollara, campaign manager for the Morgan-funded pro-medical marijuana committee United for Care, in an email to supporters.
Morgan has not publicly said if he will run for governor.
Back in May, he said if he could raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and get medical marijuana passed he would have, "done more than all the governors, senators and representatives put together."
He also told our news partners The Tampa Bay Times that he didn't care for the idea of running. Of course, that was before he successfully accomplished one of his goals.
But could he actually have a chance?
Some political analysts say yes. After all, we've seen a big shift in political outsiders successfully taking over office just like our new President-elect Donald Trump.
His supporters say if he can get medical marijuana to pass, there's nothing he won't be able to accomplish.
The field for the gubernatorial race is already forming:
-- Democrats: U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
-- A likely Republican frontrunner is Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
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