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As he preps for Florida Senate run, Rep. Patrick Murphy holds South Beach weekend for donors


U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy will host political donors at the posh SLS South Beach hotel this weekend to wine, dine and fish with them in preparation for a likely 2016 Florida Senate run.

An itinerary obtained by the Miami Herald for the two-day affair includes a Friday night reception with Murphy (attire: "resort casual") and sail fishing for wahoo, kingfish and dolphin, with one trip departing Saturday morning and another Saturday afternoon. It concludes with a late dinner at the hotel.

The itinerary does not say how much donors are being asked to contribute to what for now is still Murphy's congressional reelection account, Friends of Patrick Murphy. The Jupiter Democrat, who grew up in Miami, could announce his Senate campaign as soon as March 23, according to Politico.