Jeb Bush will not run for U.S. Senate in 2010
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01/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Democrats and Republicans throughout Florida who fantasize about becoming a U.S. senator will now seriously contemplate a run after Jeb Bush announced today that he will not run for Senate in 2010 to replace the retiring Mel Martinez.

Bush made the announcement today, saying "now is not the right time to return to elected office."

After the former governor said he was considering running for the seat last month, most political analysts said the seat was his for the taking, despite criticism from several Democrats who said he was vulnerable on education and other programs during his eight years in office.

Sounding like a spokesman for the national Republican Party today, Bush said that in the coming months and years, he hoped to pay a constructive role in the future of the GOP. He said “we must rebuild the Party by focusing on the common purposes and core conservatie principles that unite us all – limited government, a strong national defense, and a safe homeland."

Bob Buckhorn is a Democratic Party political consultant and an analyst on Bay News 9. He said he was stunned by the news.

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Look for State Senator Mike Haridopolos to jump in to this race. He would have a huge support structure around him and he would bring conservative principles to Washington.