Former Florida congressmen mull bipartisan gubernatorial run: report

Former Florida congressmen mull bipartisan gubernatorial run: report
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Former Florida Reps. Patrick MurphyPatrick Erin MurphyUS condemns teen's jailing in Cambodia over social media posts What happened to Marco Rubio, Time mag's 'Republican Savior' of 2013? Oklahoma AG requests Supreme Court review landmark tribal decision MORE (D) and David Jolly (R) are mulling a bipartisan gubernatorial run, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The move, which would feature Murphy running for governor as a Democrat with Jolly as lieutenant governor, reportedly depends on polling that was commissioned by Murphy this week. 

The two former Florida lawmakers both suffered elections losses in 2016, with Murphy losing a Senate bid to Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio: Dropping FARC from terrorist list threatens Colombians, US security This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Human rights groups sound alarm over Interpol election MORE (R) and Jolly losing to former Florida Gov. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristDeSantis officially files paperwork for reelection bid Democrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout Trump-endorsed candidate leading GOP field to replace Crist in Florida: poll MORE (D) in his reelection bid in the House. 


Jolly and Murphy have fostered a friendship over the past year, and have traveled across the U.S. on their tour "Why Gridlock Rules Washington and How We Can Solve the Crisis."

Jolly frequently appears on cable news as a moderate Republican commentator. 

He has challenged the GOP on multiple occasions, recently arguing that Americans must flip the House to a Democratic majority if they want Congress to address gun control. 

“And so if this is the issue that defines your ideology as a voter, there are two things I would suggest tonight. First, flip the House. Flip the House,” Jolly said. “Republicans are not going to do a single thing after this shooting we saw today. But I would also offer to Democrats, work for incremental wins.”