State Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) ruled out Tuesday running for Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R) seat.
Bondi: “I don’t believe I should be out running for another office instead of running my office.” (Tampa Bay Times)
While Rep. Tom Rooney (R-17) said he’ll most likely run for reelection, he is still keeping the door open to a Senate bid.
Rooney: “But to say that I’m not reconsidering whether or not I’d have a path to victory in 2016 in the Senate, I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t doing that right now.” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
INTRAPARTY BACKLASH. “St. Lucie County Democratic Chairwoman Celeste Bush is calling for the Florida Democratic Party to ‘decertify’ the Democratic Progressive Caucus” after the caucus “renewed its attacks Tuesday” criticizing Murphy. Bush also called for “strip[ping] one of [DCP’s] leaders, Nancy C. Jacobson, of her status as one of Florida’s 10 Democratic National Committee representatives.”
The liberal caucus has been urging Rep. Alan Grayson (D-09) to run, but Susan Smith, DPC president, said “her group has not coordinated with Grayson in blasting Murphy.” (Palm Beach Post)
EVADING QUESTIONS. At the press conference Tuesday where he was endorsed by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (D), Murphy, who was a Republican prior to his 2012 House race, was asked “whether he had voted for George W. Bush in 2000 or 2004.
“‘Do we have to get into that?,’ said a laughing Murphy, who maxed out to Mitt Romney in 2008.” A Murphy aide later explained that he wasn’t old enough to vote in 2000. (Tampa Bay Times)
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