Breaking: Republican Florida Gov. to Run for Senate Instead

Florida is abuzz over Gov. Charlie Crist’s announcement that, as pretty much anticipated, he will not seek a second term as governor but will run for the seat being vacated (how can we tell?) by Freshman Sen. Mel Martinez. Both men are Republicans.

Crist’s decision puts a lot of offices in Florida in play for 2010, while leaving his own career in doubt

Crist’s decision puts a lot of offices in Florida in play for 2010, while leaving his own career in doubt. It’s not a slam-dunk for Crist by any means, since former House Speaker Marco Rubio, who has also declared his run for the Senate, is a much closer match for the far-right agenda the Rush Limbaugh-Sarah Palin-John Boehner-Sean Hannity-Newt Gingrich-Bobby Jindall-Mitch McConnell-Dick Cheney wing of the party favors. By the way, is there another wing of the Republican party? Didn’t think so, which is why the moderate Crist is going to have a hard time finding a base.

If he makes it out of the primary, Crist would face state Sen. Dan Gelber or U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek.

Meanwhile, the growing list of candidates for governor includes current state CFO Alex Sink, a Democrat who retired as a Bank of America president in the ’90s, back when banks were doing fine. Expect Republicans, who probably all hold stock in BofA, and/or sit on its board, to beat her up over that. On the Republican side, perennial candidate state Attorney General Bill McCollum says he’s got another race in him, hard as that is to believe.

More on this as the reactions roll in…

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