If he doesn’t run for president, Marco Rubio will have to defend his Senate seat here in Florida in 2016. The Florida Democratic Party, which could ride to the convention in a ’67 Volkswagen, is going to have to come up with a challenger if they want to have any self-respect.
Charlie Crist, whose last attempt at the Senate went up like the Hindenburg when he lost the primary to Mr. Rubio and then got wiped out when he ran as an independent, has said he is not interested in trying to run as a Democrat. Rep. Alan Grayson, who has had a mercurial record of winning, losing, and winning again, is hobbled by a nasty divorce trial. His appeal is tempered by his antics; he’s more famous for saying things that get him air time than actually doing anything. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the current head of the DNC, has also indicated she will not run for the Senate.
Rep. Patrick Murphy is best known for beating Allen West, the Tea Party Republican who held a Broward County district hostage while he entertained the folks at Fox News. He is a former Republican and votes a centrist streak, which could have appeal on a statewide level.
If Marco Rubio decides to forgo a re-election bid to run for president, it will be an open seat, and I can see Murphy winning it.