Is Bud Chiles running for governor... as an NPA?
We're hearing that Bud Chiles, son of the late Gov. Lawton Chiles, is considering jumping into the governor's race ... as an independent candidate. We asked Chiles, who would not comment. But he does plan to make his intentions about the race known tomorrow morning in Tallahassee: “To say I’m at the decision point is an accurate statement.” So we'll see soon.
If Chiles were to run as an indy and succeed it would definitely cement 2010 as the Year of the Outsider. Though such a move would give him more time to raise money and court votes by skipping a primary against presumptive Democratic nominee Alex Sink, he might find himself a man without a significant base of support.
Gov. Charlie Crist is a viable candidate in the U.S. Senate race largely because he's the sitting governor and can command gobs of press almost any time he wants. Chiles is no slouch -- the son of a popular former governor -- but it's questionable whether he can get the same kind of mileage out of his last name.