Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner confirmed over the weekend that he’s not running for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 seat held by nationally targeted freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter.
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One immediate result of Hasner’s decision: Tallahassee-based Republican strategist Rick Wilson, a Hasner friend who worked on Hasner’s failed U.S. Senate bid in 2011 and 2012, will work on former Tequesta Councilman Calvin Turnquest‘s campaign.
Potential Hasner contributors who were on the sidelines might now give to one of the other GOP candidates in the District 18 race. The other GOP hopefuls include Turnquest, former state Rep. Carl Domino, Juno Beach Councilwoman Ellen Andel and former Connecticut legislator Alan Schlesinger. None of Murphy’s would-be Republican challengers has been an impressive fundraiser so far. Federal Election Commission reports covering the last quarter of 2014 are due Friday.