Sen. Bill Nelson Says He’s Not Running In Florida Governor’s Race

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A day after his spokesman suggested that he’s mulling a run for governor of Florida next year, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) on Friday said he has “no intention” of launching a gubernatorial bid after all.

Asked on air by MSNBC’s Chris Jansing if he is indeed considering a challenge to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), Nelson kept it pithy.

“No, ma’am. I have no intention. I’ve got my hands full as senator,” Nelson said.

Jansing pressed further, asking Nelson if he’s ruled it out.

“I said what I said,” said Nelson.

Unconvinced, Jansing asked if Nelson is still considering a run in the race, finally prompting the senior Florida senator to elaborate.

“Look, I have no plans to run for governor. I have no intention of running for governor,” Nelson said. “I love this job as senator except I am very, very frustrated as we have discussed this morning that we can’t get anything done because you can’t get people together to build consensus.”


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