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Marco Rubio reconsidering Senate race?

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From National Journal: Two Republican sources said today that even as former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio campaigns for retiring GOP Sen. Mel Martinez’s Senate seat, he has been calling around to top Republican donors and activists in the state to discuss the idea of switching from the Senate primary against GOP Gov. Charlie Crist and into the open-seat race for attorney general, where a serious Republican candidate has yet to emerge.

Marc Caputo follows up: The National Journal, with all of its Florida political sources, reported that two of them anonymously (of course) said former House Speaker Marco Rubio “has been calling around to top Republican donors and activists in the state” and mulling a switch of races, from U.S. Senate to Florida Attorney General. Backers of Gov. Charlie Crist, Rubio’s opponent, gleefully started shopping it around in Tallahassee. But while it makes sense (Crist is on pace to crush him in name I.D. and fundraising), Rubio says the report is simply false.

“It’s untrue,” Rubio said. “This is part of the game they play in Washington.”

Rubio pointed out that the day the blog hit the Internet (yesterday) he was stuck in a Tallahassee-Pensacola-Tallahassee car-ride for six hours with an Associated Press reporter who didn’t hear Rubio on the phone chatting about that at all.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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