Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) is considering a run in Florida’s gubernatorial race next year, his spokesman said Thursday.
Roll Call ran a report on Wednesday evening that quoted local Democrats who said Nelson is seriously mulling a challenge to unpopular Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), which the senator’s spokesman later confirmed.
“I’d say that’s true, that he’s considering it,” Nelson spokesman Dan McLaughlin told Roll Call. “An awful lot of people have contacted him and asked him to do so. But — and as he’s said a number of times — he presently doesn’t have any intention of running. He’s got a job to do as a senator.”
Polls have suggested that Scott is extremely vulnerable as he approaches 2014. Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, now a registered Democrat, has also said that he’s considering launching a bid in the race.