Celebrity lawyer, medical marijuana champion and one-time Democratic rainmaker John Morgan has endorsed Democrat Anna Eskamani for her bid to be elected to the Florida Hous in Orange County’s House District 47.

“I am proud to endorse Anna Eskamani for Florida State House District 47,” Morgan stated in a news release issued by Eskamani’s campaign. “Anna is a fighter, always has been — always will be. Anna is for the people, and has earned the support and trust of voters from all political affiliations. I know she will be a strong advocate for issues that impact everyday Floridians, and will redefine what it means to be a public servant.”

Eskamani, an Orlando non-profit organization executive, faces Republican businessman Stockton Reeves of Winter Park in the HD 47 race to represent most of north and central Orange County. Republican incumbent state Rep. Mike Miller is running for Congress.

Morgan, founder of the Morgan & Morgan personal injury law firm and the principal backer behind Florida’s medical marijuana laws, had for a long time been a prominent Democratic fundraiser, though he has occasionally backed a Republican candidate. Last year, ending any speculation that he might run for governor, Morgan announced he was not. He also indicated he would be leaving the Democratic Party, in frustration with it and politics in general. However, as of August he still was a registered Democrat.

“John has been a maverick in Central Florida his whole life, fighting for consumer rights, leading the charge for medical cannabis, and most recently speaking to his personal frustrations with our broken political system. ” Eskamani stated in the news release. “His endorsement of our campaign is a reflection of my track record of fighting for everyday Floridians while also working alongside others to solve complex problems and find common ground. John knows I’m for the people, and I cannot wait to serve the people of House District 47.”

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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