Vern Buchanan on possible Senate run in 2010
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02/09/09 Seán Kinane
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U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan


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Ever since Mel Martinez announced that he would not seek re-election for a second term, there has been much speculation about who would run to replace the Republican senator in 2010.

On the Democratic side, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek and Sen. Dan Gelber have already announced they are running. Florida’s CFO Alex Sink says she will not run, and many others, including Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio have said they are considering a run for Senate.

No major Republicans have announced they are running, though former Gov. Jeb Bush and current Attorney General Bill McCollum insist they will not run for Senate. Other Republicans who may run include members of Congress Connie Mack and Vern Buchanan, former state Speaker of the House Marco Rubio, or even Gov. Charlie Crist.

This morning, WMNF asked Vern Buchanan if he has decided whether or not to run for Senate next year.

“Ah, it’s something, I’m flattered. A lot of people would like to have me considered. I’m getting a lot of encouragement; it’s something we’re going to look at. But right now, my focus, I just got reelected two weeks [sic] ago, is to focus on the economy, there’s a lot of people that are hurting. It’s going to be small business, jobs, and working families is what I’m going to be focused on for the next, for the year, for the near future. And we’ll let the Senate thing play out. It’s something I can afford to wait. We’ve spent a little time on it, but not much.”

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