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There are relatively few declared candidates for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez next year.
Former House Speaker Marco Rubio had filed papers for the office on the GOP side.
Three Democrats - all from the Miami area– have declared: Congressman Kendrick Meek, North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns, and Sen. Dan Gelber from Miami Beach.
Gelber served the last few years as the leader of the House Democrats in Tallahassee, and made a name for himself for his pointed criticisms of former Gov. Jeb Bush.
We spoke to Gelber Saturday, while he was in Tampa at a meet and greet at the Tre Amici coffeehouse in Ybor City. We began our interview with him by asking about his relationship with the other well known Democrat in the race, Kendrick Meek, who is already raising large amounts of money and receiving key endorsements for the nomination.