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Frederica Wilson endorses Patrick Murphy for Senate


A single endorsement by one Democratic member of Congress to another is hardly news -- except when it comes strategically on the same day the party's liberal wing questioned the candidate's credentials.

Rep. Frederica Wilson backed Rep. Patrick Murphy's 2016 U.S. Senate bid Monday, hours after progressive Democrats called on Rep. Alan Grayson to challenge Murphy in the primary. Grassroots Democrats love Grayson, a staunch liberal from Orlando, and worry that Murphy, a onetime Republican, is too moderate.

But Wilson, of Miami Gardens, is a fervent President Obama supporter and unabashed progressive. Her support gives Murphy, of Jupiter, an veneer of liberal support on the day he needs it most.

"This gentleman will make a fine Senator," Wilson said in a statement released by the Murphy campaign. "Since arriving in Congress, Patrick has distinguished himself as a leader who will work across the aisle to improve the lives of Floridians. He has championed legislation that will create jobs, protect our most vulnerable, and support working families."