By electing Patrick Murphy to the US Senate in November, Floridians would do a great favor to the nation: hopefully ending Republican control of the US Senate.
The stakes are very high for the biggest GOP campaign contributors in Florida: including Big Sugar's Fanjul billionaires and their like-minded investors in US politics, the Koch Brothers. What's in it for Big Sugar: continued support for the corporate welfare embedded in the Farm Bill for Big Sugar, what Grover Norquist calls "cronyism in its undiluted, inexcusable majesty", and, no change to the status quo that allows Florida's coastal communities to be drowned in pollution and toxics through their command of water infrastructure. What's in it for the Kochs: continued erosion of federal authority expressed by the regulator that most threatens their corporate profits: the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Although Rubio has been their pliant and subservient ally -- denying environmental regulations during his terms as state legislature and now in the US Senate -- his failed presidential run makes him a vulnerable incumbent in a a critical battle ground state for what is left of the GOP after Trump.
Florida is a battle ground state where the battle is defined as fight by powerful, aging oligarchs to re-color a incumbent who conservative voters had already "greyed out". Big Sugar and the Kochs need to prove they can re-animate a politician left for dead: Marco Rubio.
In the Rubio/ Murphy contest for US Senate, there is more than control of the US Senate at stake. It is a question of whether an avalanche of political money can continue to prevail even for an incumbent who failed to carry more than 15% of his own state in the presidential primary.
Rubio now meekly supports the candidate who mercilessly and savagely belittled him throughout the game-show Republican presidential primary.
Electing Patrick Murphy, a Democrat, would send the strongest message yet that the tide has turned. A GOP majority in the US Senate means continued protection for oligarchs from polluting industries willing to deform democracy to the shape of their grip. Marco Rubio can't escape his past. In November, Florida voters can escape both Rubio and send a clear message: free, free at last.