Several big name Republicans have turned down the opportunity to run for the seat Mel Martinez will vacate in 2010. Crist has been dodging the question for months, saying he’s focused on Florida. A reporter asked Crist point blank if he is withdrawing his name.
“’It sure sounds that you’re running for Senate, if you could put that to rest or whatever,’ asked a reporter ‘I’m focused on Florida and our budget issues and making sure we’re ready to spend these stimulus dollar,’ Crist said. ‘That’s a no as far as running for Senate,’ added the reporter. ‘I didn’t hear that,’ Crist said. ‘So it’s a possibility,’ the reporter persisted. ‘I’m going to focus on Florida. Focus on our budget,’” Crist said.
Among the people who’ve announced they won’t run: Former Governor Jeb Bush, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek and State Senator Dan Gelber are running for a shot at the seat.