Orlando attorney John Morgan will not run for Florida governor in 2018 — not even as an independent.

Morgan, recognized for his ubiquitous TV ads for his law firm, Morgan and Morgan, took to Twitter Thursday night to rule out an independent bid for the Governor’s Mansion.

“People ask if I would ever run as an Independent,” Morgan tweeted. “No way.”

Recognizing the difficulty of running an independent, statewide campaign, Morgan wrote, “Independents never win and only act as a spoiler.”

Gov. Rick Scott is leaving office due to term limits. Several Republican and Democratic candidates have already lined up to replace him.

Last November, Morgan exited the Democratic party and said he could not “muster the enthusiasm to run for the nomination.” However, in that Facebook post, Morgan left open the door to running with no party affiliation.

“I plan to register as an Independent and when I vote, vote for the lesser of two evils,” Morgan wrote. “And if I ever ran, run as an Independent. #ForThePeople.”

Since that time, Morgan has continued to use social media to gauge interest in his candidacy.

In 2016, after the success of the constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana in Florida, the outspoken Orlando attorney — a significant backer of Amendment 2 — told supporters: “the outpouring of encouragement to run for governor has been overwhelming and unexpected … It is either extremely flattering that so many people put such faith in me, or sad that people have so little faith in the typical politicians of both parties who are expected to seek the office.”

The statement was in response to an online petition started by Ben Pollara, the South Florida political consultant who worked with Morgan on Amendment 2.

Called “For the Governor,” the petition sought to

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