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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

About Mayor Rick Baker's senate bid



It sounds pretty unlikely. After responding this morning that "I'm not taking anything off the table" when asked about running for the U.S. Senate, Buzz circled back to get a better sense of his political plans. The bottom line is he doesn't have any plans at this point and, unlike Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, is not actively mulling a statewide campaign. He's not calling money raisers, political pros or anything else.

"I'm not seriously considering it. I'm not ruling it out, but I'm not reviewing it or any of that. From what I've read in the paper, mine is a different category from Pam. It sounds like she's actively reviewing it,'' said Baker, who also once again dismissed the possibility of running for Congress if C.W. Bill Young retires because it would require too much time away from his kids, ages 12 and 13. (Presumably a senate seat would too.)

Asked about a gubernatorial run should Charlie Crist jump to the senate, Baker implied that would be more appealing to him, noting that he tends to prefer administrative jobs.

Adam Smith, Times Political Editor


[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:19pm]


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