Democrat Randy Perkins garners $1.35 million in first month for congressional bid

PBPO News:

Democrat Randy Perkins raked in a staggering $1.35million during his first month as a candidate for Congress, his campaign announced Monday.

This politically unattached, independent wealthy novice raised approximately $425,000 from donors and also contributed $1 million of his own funds during the fourth quarter 2015.

Perkins will be succeeding U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy who is leaving the seat to pursue the open Senate seat of Sen. Marco Rubio.

In a Monday afternoon news release, the Perkins campaign highlighted these eye-popping figures.

Perkins stated that he was overwhelmed by the support for the campaign. “People are excited about the issues we want to fight in Washington. This includes educational and training programs to ensure that the Palm Beaches residents and Treasure Coast residents have the same success opportunities as I had when I was a young man. We also need to reform our mental health system and keep the promises we made to veterans and seniors.

“This is a clear display of the excitement surrounding Randy’s campaign, and the unique experience that he will bring Congress. “Randy has a true American success story which will resonate with voters in Florida’s 18th District,” stated Isaiah Nelson campaign manager for Perkins’ self-recruitment bid.

Perkins’ entry was a shocker along the Treasure Coast where almost a dozen entrants were already lined up for the 18th Congressional District, which is slightly Republican-tilting.

Since its inception, Murphy has been the moderate representative. First-time candidate Murphy was elected by defeating the notorious Republican ex-U.S. Rep. Allen West who had moved districts to avoid Murphy.

Perkins hopes to duplicate Murphy’s extraordinary ascension. Perkins jumped in late last season, but momentum and fundraising for other candidates have slowed, especially Democrats. For example, Palm Beach Commissioner Melissa McKinlay dropped out shortly after Perkins’ entry.

However, Carl Domino, and Mark Freeman have both stated that they are open to pledging $1 million or more from their personal resources to take over CD 18.

Nearly a dozen candidates have filed for the seat or declared that they intend to run.

Perkins founded AshBritt in 1989, which is a disaster recovery and salvage company that rose to prominence following Hurricane Andrew. Later, the Army Corps of Engineers contracted it and made it one of the most successful businesses of its kind in the country.