FLORIDA

Bondi Rules Out Senate Run

Rooney still interested in a bid.

April 8, 2015, 6:37 a.m.

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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