According to national media reports, Senator Bill Nelson is considering a run for governor. Florida papers have been hounding him and editorializing about it since at least April. And of course the source above, MSNBC’s Hardball, has built its reputation such as it is by living every day like it’s silly season. But this newest round of speculation contains new specifics from Jim Davis, Bob Graham and ‘national Democrats close to Nelson,’ plus the venerable Brandon Larrabee has taken up this scenario in a recent News Service of Florida piece.
Kartik is preparing an analysis of this tantalizing possibility. For now, a few thoughts:
- Many Obama for America alums, notably including Steve Schale, have lined up behind Crist. How would Nelson’s entry affect the rift between state party loyalists and more OFA-leaning Democrats, many of whom are currently committed to Nan Rich?
- Is there any chance that Crist and Nelson could strike a deal whereby Crist takes Nelson’s Senate seat in exchange for dropping out, as speculated by some including self-avowed non-journalist Peter Schorsch?
- If Sen. Nelson, 71, enters the race, would Charlie Crist play the “age card” like Nelson did against Lawton Chiles in 1990?
- We all know how Rick Scott plans to run against Charlie. Seeing as how attempts to peg Nelson as a liberal outsider have failed repeatedly, which angle would Scott’s campaign employ were he to win the primary?
- Other possible replacements for Nelson: DWS? Dan Gelber? Who you got, readers?