Buckhorn speculates on Iorio entry into Senate race listen01/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said yesterday that she is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez next year.
Her comments came on the same day Democratic state Sen. Dan Gelber joins Miami area Congressman Kendrick Meek as the only declared candidates at this early stage.
Iorio says several people have asked her to run after Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink declined to run earlier this month.
Bob Buckhorn is a former Tampa City Councilman who lost to Pam Iorio in the race for mayor of Tampa back in 2003. He says it’s a good move for Iorio to consider.
Iorio’s public musings come as her profile is receiving the greatest attention since her days as Supervisor of Election during the 2000 recount. As the leader of the host city of the Super Bowl, the mayor has been seen around town day and night, and will appear on NBC’s Today Show on Thursday.
But Buckhorn, a political analyst for Bay News 9, doesn’t think the mayor is using the increased media presence in Tampa this week as a reason why she’s admitting to thinking of entering the race. He believes the mayor is sincere in thinking she could fill a vacuum in the race left after CFO Alex Sink declined to run for the Senate.
Iorio has not set a timeline to make her decision.