During an interview on WFLA, US Congressman Matt Gaetz said that Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg has the best shot of defeating Stephanie Murphy in the 2018 race for the seat formerly held my John Mica. The 32 year old businessman was recently elected Tax Collector in 2016.
The host of the radio program “The Day In Politics” asked Gaetz, “who do you believe has the best shot of defeating Stephanie Murphy in Florida’s 7th Congressional District?”
Here are excerpts from Matt Gaetz reply: “That is a Republican seat. That is a seat that really should be won by Republicans. Joel Greenberg has gone to the Seminole county Tax Collector’s office and been a disrupter. If you look at what people want in the country right now, they want that disrupter. A majority of that district is in Seminole County. Stephanie lives in Orange County. If Joel Greenberg were to run for congress from that district, I think he becomes the next congressman from the 7th district.”
Tax Collector Joel Greenberg just responded back to Doug Kaplan Publish of OPO for comment, he had this to say ” I am honored and humbled that I’m being talked about for Congress. I have received multiple phone calls from supporters encouraging me to run since the congressman said that on the radio I have not even thought about it. My focus is the tax collectors office bringing the office since the 21st-century with the latest technology and providing the best customer service for the people of Seminole County.” Greenberg also had this to say I do think Stephanie Murphy will be tough to beat. The only way to beat her is with someone that is a fresh face, innovative, and not a career politician
No Republicans have filed to run against Stephanie Murphy. State Representative Bob Cortes turned down the opportunity while State Senator David Simmons has said he is 99% per sure he will run, and former Soil & Water District Supervisor Scott Sturgill has formed an exploratory committee.