FLORIDA

Bondi Rules Out Senate Run

Rooney still interested in a bid.

Lisa Hagen
Add to Briefcase
Lisa Hagen
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)

What We're Following See More »
WEDNESDAY?
Judiciary Committee Counteroffers on Ford Appearance
14 hours ago
THE LATEST
THIS WILL NOT HELP
Trump Says Ford Should Have Filed Charges 36 Years Ago
17 hours ago
THE LATEST
DOESN'T WANT TO BE NEAR KAVANAUGH
Ford Would Like to Testify on Thursday
1 days ago
THE LATEST

"Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in the 1980s, is reportedly willing to publicly testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee next Thursday. Lawyers for Ford told committee staffers during a call Thursday evening to negotiate details of a potential hearing that she wanted Kavanaugh to testify before her and she does not want to be in the same room as him, according to multiple reports."

Source:
PER LETTER TO JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
Kavanaugh WIll Testify Monday
1 days ago
THE LATEST
BUT CANCELLATION WILL NOT COME SOON
Grassley Says Hearing May Be Pushed Past Monday
2 days ago
THE LATEST

"Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley said Wednesday a planned Monday hearing on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would likely not go on without accuser Christine Blasey Ford," but said any decision to cancel would be made at the last minute.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login