Who knew the hottest race of 2010 might turn out to be the Attorney General race? At the least, it could turn out to be the most crowded race of the year.
Last week, State Senator Dave Aronberg (D-Ft. Myers) announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination. Today, State Senator Dan Gelber (D-Miami Beach) made a quick switch from the US Senate race to the Attorney General race. Despite the best efforts of Bill Nelson, the Democrats appear headed for the exact scenario they were determined to avoid—a contended primary. Rod Smith, a former state senator from Alachua, is also rumored to be considering the race.
On the Republican side, Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp looks like he might have an open field to the nomination. The Lt. Governor is facing numerous ethics complaints over extensive flying at taxpayer expense. He faces additional controversy over the revelations that he recently used the Florida Highway Patrol to drive him to Atlanta for a Kenny Loggins concert. While Kottkamp has not officially announced his candidacy, the clean shaven look he debuted this past Friday would seemingly indicate his intent to pursue higher office.
Both parties may be successful in clearing the field for their preferred Gubernatorial and Senatorial candidates, but the Attorney General’s race is starting to look like the place for variety.