As quietly as it has been kept, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush decided NOT to run for the Florida Senate seat to be vacated by Mel Martinez in 2010. While Jeb cited personal reasons for choosing not to run, political observers have cited the significant damage to the Bush brand as evidenced by George W’s extremely low approval rating.
Jeb’s decision leaves the Republican Florida Senate race wide open for both Republicans and Democrats. Jeb was considered a formidable opponent until reality set in. Some potential candidates have clearly breathed a sigh of relief.
My money is on a future presidential race for Jeb Bush. After eight years of an Obama administration, he may just jump in and run for the presidency.
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