Attorney John Morgan considering run for Governor?
November 17, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- After attorney John Morgan successfully pushed for the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida, could he be seeking office?
It doesn't seem to be out of the question, according to a social media post by Morgan Thursday.
Morgan's name has popped up in recent conversation about the 2018 gubernatorial race and he seems to be thinking about it.
"Before I go down this road any further I need a lot for time to think about it. There are obvious drawbacks and hurdles," Morgan stated online.
As for time to think about a run, Morgan says that's one thing he has plenty of.
"These campaigns begin too early and drag on too long. I could start in 2018 with plenty of time to make my case to The People of Florida," Morgan also said.
His post included a list of what he referred to as a "vision of what Florida's next governor should do." The list includes decriminalizing marijuana, giving non-violent felons the right to vote, raising minimum wage to $15 an hour, further environmental protection for Florida, and abolishing jobs such as Lieutenant Governor and Agriculture Commissioner.
While Morgan doesn't directly mention stricter term limits, he says he believes a governor "can get what [they] want done in one term."
Talk of a potential run for Morgan began Monday when medical marijuana campaign manager Ben Pollara sent an email with a subject line "TELL JOHN MORGAN: Run for Governor in 2018!" the News Service of Florida reports. The email also included a link to www.ForTheGovernor.com that rips the culture of the State Capitol.
According to the News Service of Florida, others with an eye on a run for Governor in 2018 include Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Graham and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican. Former House Speaker Will Weatherford told the Tampa Bay Times that he will make a decision regarding a bid by the end of the year.
Current Governor Rick Scott is unable to run for another term, after serving two. Scott has hinted at a run for Senate in 2018 and has been supportive of President-elect Donald Trump along with Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Some believe Scott may be up for a position in Trump's cabinet, but Scott turned down the idea immediately after the election.
To view Morgan's full Facebook Post, entitled "Dear Florida, The Next Chapter," click