Best of Broward / Palm Beach

Best of Broward-Palm Beach 2015: Best Politician

Grab your plutonium, rev that engine to 88 mph, and hang on tight: Best of Broward-Palm Beach 2015 is almost here! Here's a preview of one of the winners, but check out the entire issue when it hits browardpalmbeach.com/bestof tomorrow and newsstands Thursday, June 18.

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy

Let's get this out of the way: Marco Rubio is terrible — a high-voiced, bootlicking opportunist who has tried to gallop atop a (partly bullshit) origin story, painting himself as a refugee from Communist Cuba who's risen as a Tea Party gunslinger. But the best part about watching Rubio leave Florida: It leaves his U.S. Senate seat unprotected. (Rubio is running for president, though he first must trek a campaign trail whereupon Republican candidates will use each other for toothpicks.) Enter from stage left Patrick Murphy, the Palm Beach-based congressional rep with a fresh face, strong track record, and — and we actually consider this a plus — a mug shot from a drunken college night that's already all over the internet. Because really, who among us wasn't booted from a South Beach club when we were 18? It's relatable. Really, though, Murphy is already something of a monster-slayer. He took down Allen West, an evil scientist's lab creation of the most vile politician possible.

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