Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, hasn’t ruled out a Senate run just yet, according to the St. Pete Times.
“I’m going to leave the door open,” said the Sarasota Republican, who is a member of the coveted Ways and Means Committee. “I think these races go on way too long. I’ve told everybody the same thing: I’m happy with what I’m doing but I’ll take a hard look at it and make a decision towards the end of the year.”
Buchanan said he’s been encouraged by other Republicans. “Especially when (Mike) Haridopolos got out, they are looking for someone who can beat Bill Nelson. So my name popped up with, I’m sure, some others.”
If he does enter the race, Buchanan would likely face controversy over his past campaigns. Several of his ex-employees, as well as a former business partner, have come forward with claims that he pressured them to donate to his campaigns.