Marc Ambinder is reporting that former Gov. Jeb Bush is seriously considering running for the Senate from Florida now that Mel Martinez has lame-ducked himself.
“He is receiving a lot of encouragement from both in and out of the state,” an longtime Bush adviser said tonight. “He is going to take his time and approach this very methodically.” Bush will weigh, according to this adviser, how a run would impact his family, his business, and whether the Senate would be the best platform for the causes he’d advocate — education, immigration, GOP solutions to health care and energy.
Bush did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
If he decides to run, Republicans expect the field to clear for him. Maybe. Gov. Charlie Crist, with whom Bush has not had the warmest of relations, is said to be interested in moving to the Senate. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is weighing a bid, as is former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, Orange County executive Richard Crotty, and U.S. Rep. Connie Mack.
Except for Charlie Crist, out of that bunch Jeb Bush would be considered a “moderate” Republican, so we’d be in for two years of scrapping between these folks to determine which one if the furthest to the right. Get the popcorn.