Trio of Central Florida Democrats pushed for Joe Biden administration

Democratic U.S. Reps. Stephanie Murphy and Val Demings and former Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee Chris King all are being discussed for spots in President-elect Joe Biden‘s administration.

For now, it’s largely a grassroots draft movement, amplified by supporters of the trio of Central Florida Democrats, led by various local political leaders such as former Rep. Dick Batchelor, and former Orange County Mayor Linda Chapin.

Chapin said she is hearing from sources that Biden’s transition team is considering Murphy for some sort of National Security Council post.

Batchelor has been touting Demings for weeks for Secretary of Homeland Security. He said Monday he believes the effort is gaining traction.

Chapin said she and others also seek to drum up support for King as a possibility for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Other Central Florida Democratic leaders reportedly also are making calls for them.

Another Central Florida Democrat whose name is being bandied about — as he is certainly at least advising his close, old friend Biden — is former Sen. Bill Nelson.

Spokesmen for Murphy and Demings both declined to comment on their prospects. Murphy’s communications director Jonathan Uriarte said, “Congresswoman Murphy is focused on her current job in Congress and will continue to

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