Prominent Dem fundraiser says he is leaving the party

John Morgan, a high-profile Florida attorney and Democratic fundraiser, said Friday that he is leaving the Democratic Party and will register instead as an independent. 

In a tweet, Morgan said that he could not "muster enthusiasm" for current politicians in either party, adding that he would begin voting for "the lesser of two evils."

"I can’t muster enthusiasm for any of today’s politicians. They are all the same. Both parties," he tweeted. "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."


Morgan is a prominent Democratic donor and fundraiser in Florida, known for pricey fundraising events for Democratic candidates and officeholders on the state and national levels. He has also floated the idea of running for Florida governor.

After his tweet on Friday, Morgan told Politico that he was not ruling out a potential run for public office, but noted that, if he does, he would do so as an independent. 

He also said he would support Democratic candidates, like Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonSenate campaign fundraising reports roll in Week ahead: Tech giants to testify on extremist content Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE (D-Fla.), whom he "likes personally," but discouraged the senior Florida senator from seeking another term in Washington. Instead, he told Politico, Nelson should mount a bid for the governor's mansion.

“I believe [Nelson] should run for governor. He is the Dem’s best chance and he would be happier there,” Morgan told Politico in a text message. “In the Senate he accomplishes nothing. As governor he could have a legacy.”

Nelson is up for reelection in 2018, and is facing a potential challenge from current Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican who is in his last term in the governor's mansion. Scott has not made a decision on whether he will run for Nelson's Senate seat, but has been encouraged to do so by President Trump.