Charlie Crist: I Might Run For Senate Again
Charlie Crist is considering another run for the U.S. Senate, in the 2016 race. "Well, I have been encouraged to," Crist said Wednesday when asked by phone about reports that he might run again. Crist, who is in New York, declined to elaborate. Crist, a former Republican governor of Florida, ran for the Senate in 2010 as an independent, losing handily to Republican Marco Rubio, but finishing ahead of Democrat Kendrick Meek. In 2013 he formally changed his party affiliation to Democrat and last year ran again for governor, losing to incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a close race. There is a chance that Rubio will not seek re-election. He has repeatedly said that if he decides to run for president, he would not seek re-election to the Senate.Other potential Democratic candidates for Rubio's Senate seat are U.S. House members Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, Alan Grayson, and Patrick Murphy. Among the potential candidates on the GOP side is Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.