Self-described “zombie” Skip Campbell casts an eye on his old Senate seat

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Zombies may be popular in movies, books and on TV. But how are they in Florida politics?

Former Democratic state Sen. Skip Campbell, in the political “graveyard” since 1966, is contemplating a run for his old Broward County Senate seat, according to Buddy Nevins in BrowardBeat.com. Campbell’s last political campaign was in 2006, when he lost the race for Attorney General of Florida to Bill McCollum.  

“People from Tallahassee have asked me to consider running,” Campbell told BrowardBeat.  ”This is because — I hate to say this – they hope I can bring some intellectual weight back to the Senate.”

Unlike the undead rising from the grave, age could be a serious issue in Campbell’s future in politics. If he decides to run, the multi-millionaire lawyer will be 68 when he takes office in 2016.

The question of age doesn’t bother Campbell at all; he is confident that there is nothing wrong with his mind or his body.

“Three years is a long way off. A lot can happen in three years,” Campbell said. “If I still feel I can do the job in a year and a half and I get a good reception, that’s when I would make a decision.”

Democratic state Sen. Jeremy Ring from Parkland currently holds the District 29 seat, and will be term-limited in 2016. Another Democrat has his sights on the same seat, state Rep. Jim Waldman, who has been campaigning for months.

Campbell could have a difficult campaign on his hands. In 2012, redistricting changed District 29 to include Weston, Southwest Ranches, much of Deerfield Beach and northwest Broward.

In addition, Campbell also filed a 2012 lawsuit blocking the re-election of Democratic chair Mitch Ceasar, asking the court to remove about 300 activists from the Democratic Executive Committee.

That move certainly alienated Ceasar, as well as many of the people Campbell needs to mount a successful run. They wish Campbell to be one political zombie that should just as well stay dead.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.