The 800-pound gorilla of Florida politics

In Florida, line for 2010 starts with Jeb

By Tom Baxter

Southern Political Report

Not many opportunities come along in politics like the one which presented itself this week when US Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) announced he won’t seek a second term in 2010. An open-seat Senate race in Florida is enough to set mouths salivating in both parties. But whether this key 2010 race draws much competition, it quickly became apparent, depends on one person: former Gov. Jeb Bush.

“If he gets in he’s the 800-pound gorilla, and no Republican of any consequence will challenge him,” said Tampa-based Republican strategist Chris Ingram.

Read the full story from the Southern Political Report (click here).

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