Observations and musings on Jacksonville Politics

First Commercial against Crist U.S. Senate Run

With a hat tip to Postonpolitics.com:

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has made a preemptive strike in the race for Mel Martinez’s U.S. Senate seat by releasing a commercial criticizing Charlie Crist for considering a Senate run.

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Boyd, McCollum Not Running for Senate

Alan Boyd has now said he’s out, meaning there will be no resident of North Florida in the US Senate race. Additionally, Bill McCollum has now declared he will not make his 18th attempt to secure a seat. Looks like it’s a crop of new names (and maybe Daddy’s name).

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Boyd and McCollum out

US Representative Allen Boyd and Attorney General Jim McCollum announced today that they are not going to pursue Mel Martinez’ US Senate seat.  All the big names are dropping out.  First Jeb, then Alex.  Is there a pox on that seat or something?

On another note, Representative Boyd was one of 11 Dems voting against the federal stimulus package today.

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Florida’s Republican state and federal legislators – Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde

I guess it’s all a matter of perspective for Florida’s Republican legislators.  While Florida’s state Republican legislators, including Governor Charlie Crist, are busy salivating over the prospect of receiving billions of federal stimulus dollars (approximately $30 billion of them), Florida’s federal Republican legislators are busy just saying no to the bailout in Washington, DC.

The US House is expected to pass the stimulus package today, while the US Senate isn’t expected to receive the package until next week.  And numerous changes could occur in the bill before it reaches the President’s desk for signature.

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Tampa Mayor considering run for US Senate

The field for Senator Mel Martinez’ seat is getting more crowded by the day.  Yesterday, Senator Dan Gelber announced he was running.  Today, Tampa’s Mayor, Pam Iorio, has announced that she’s taking a serious look at running for the seat.   Iorio is considering running because no major candidate has yet emerged from the Tampa/St. Pete area which is home to nearly a quarter of the statewide electorate and typically the ideal home base for a statewide candidate, according to the St. Pete Times.

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Party begs Crist to enter Senate race

The Florida Senate race that keeps on giving. It looks like the Republican National Senatorial has decided that Charlie Crist is their candidate. And, sources close to Crist tell The Hill he is leaning towards running for the seat being vacated by Mel Martinez.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who until 2006 was the only Democrat to be elected statewide in Florida for years, said he has talked to close friends of Crist who say the governor seems to be leaning towards running, but will wait until after the Florida Legislature adjourns in May.

“I think Charlie is going to consider switching from governor to senator, but I don’t think he’s going to make a decision until after the annual legislative session,” Nelson said.

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Kendrick Meek (D-Miami) Jumps into Senate Race

The first “major” candidate has jumped into the race that will be left vacant by the retiring Mel Martinez in 2010. From the St. Pete Times:

The 42-year-old former legislator and son of former U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek, should be a significant force in the campaign. He has a national and statewide profile and network, built leading the class size amendment, the sit-in at Jeb Bush’s office, and leading John Kerry’s Florida campaign in 2004.

And it’s a sign of Meek’s confidence and scrappiness that he’s jumping in the race – essentially giving up a lifetime Congressional seat if he stays in – while other candidates wait to see what heavy favorite Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink decides. Other prospective Democratic candidates include Sink, state Sen. Dan Gelber, and U.S. Reps. Allen Boyd and Ron Klein.

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Vern Buchanan Emerges as Senate Contender

When we first discussed the free-for-all expected after Jeb Bush’s announcement that he would not run for the seat of retiring US Senator Mel Martinez here, US Rep Vern Buchanan didn’t exactly show up on our radar screen. That was, apparently, a significant omission. Mr. Buchanan, who replaced Katherine Harris in the House, had Florida’s own version of the current Norm Coleman/Al Franken controversy back in 2006 when the House decided to seat him, despite the ongoing challenge of his Democratic opponent. With a few years in the House under his belt, he is seriously considering a run to fill Martinez’s seat. With his considerable car dealership and used car warranties wealth, Buchanan would emerge as a major contender. Of course, Mr. Buchanan’s business dealings would provide a Democratic challenger with reams of opposition research. His designation by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington as one of the “20 most corrupt Members of Congress” would also provide the basis for a great campaign commercial.

Don’t expect the negatives to stop him; however, Mr. Buchanan has long held higher ambitions. Stay tuned…

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What is Marco Rubio up to?

I mentioned here yesterday that Marco Rubio would be a front-runner for the US Senate seat being vacated by short-termer Mel Martinez. Well, it didn’t take long. Marco is up today with a new website. As FLA Politics puts it, you can:

-Watch a video of Marco, his four bored children and his bored wife.
-Learn fun facts about Marco in the “Did You Know” Section.
-Subscribe to “Marco’s View,” although there is nothing yet posted to the “news letter.”
-Send a message to the “Floridian Shout Box,” although you’ll have to go through a thorough approval process first.
-Join the team!
-Send a text message to Marco!
-Invite Marco to speak at your…whatever!
-“Connect” with Marco on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. How very Web 2.0.
-Check out the “Rubio Review,” whatever that might be, since the page is blank.
-Find interesting typos such as “Welcome to Marco Rubio website.”
-Watch several videos where Marco talks without actually saying anything.

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Poppy Bush on “President” Jeb

Poppy Bush appeared on Fox News Sunday today to talk about Jeb and his opportunity to become a US Senator, among other things.  Poppy thinks Jeb would make a great US Senator (if he were to win Mel Martinez’ seat, that is).  But the bottom line is Poppy thinks Jeb should run for President.  Poppy did temper his enthusiasm for Jeb’s potential Presidential run, however, by saying the timing was bad as there had probably been enough Bushes in there.  Even Poppy recognizes when you’ve gone to the well one time too many.

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