Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, hasn’t ruled out a Senate run just yet, according to the St. Pete Times.

From the 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

After farm-photo bill dies in Florida, animal advocacy groups wary of Monsanto-backed version in Iowa

While Sen. Jim Norman's controversial farm-photo bill may have died in the Florida Legislature, animal rights advocates are cautiously acknowledging the victory is a temporary one whose significance may ultimately be thwarted by laws currently pending in Iowa and Minnesota. The bill, which would have created penalties for taking pictures on farms, drew a firestorm of opposition from animal rights groups who felt it would hamper whistleblowers' efforts to expose inhumane farming conditions.

Scott appoints ‘Fair Districts’ foe to run 2012 elections

Gov. Rick Scott yesterday announced his appointment of Kurt Browning as Florida's secretary of state, a position filled by Browning from 2006 till April 2010. After resigning, Browning led Protect Your Vote, a political committee largely bankrolled by the Republican Party of Florida that sought to defeat Florida's so-called Fair Districts amendments.