When George Sheldon filed Monday to run against Attorney General Pam Bondi, he seemed to open the door for other candidates to enter the race for Florida AG.
Florida House Minority Leader Perry Thurston told Michael Van Sickler of the Times/Herald that Sheldon’s candidacy was a surprise.
“You caught me off guard,” Thurston told the Herald. “Will I rule out running? No. Will I do what’s in the best interest of the party? Yes.”
Although he would not name names, Thurston says “other Democrats” are considering a run for attorney general. As for his candidacy, he said he would be making a decision soon.
Sheldon represents a “different era” for the party, Thurston said; when party led the state House with 93 Democrats to 27 Republicans in 1974. Compare that with the majority of 76 Republican to 44 Democrats difference in the House under Thurston’s watch.
“The fact that (Sheldon) would file to run wouldn’t force me to not to run,” Thurston said to Van Sickler. “Ultimately, I’ll do what will help the party.”