CFO Rick Baker?
Republican St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker has long struck observers as a guy with further political ambitions once he leaves office in 2010. The question is what next? He has pretty much ruled out running for Congress (if CW Bill Young retires), Charlie Crist has the governor's mansion, and Baker's political prospects will ebb fast once he leaves office and his profile dims.
Which is where Democratic Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink fits in. If, as many people expect, she winds up running for U.S. Senate (or governor), Baker is a prime candidate for the open CFO seat. The mayor insists, however, that he won't mull his future at least until mid 2009.
"I don't rule anything out at this point,'' Baker said.
One wrinkle: Baker's media consultant is Adam Goodman of Tampa, whose clients include another potential CFO candidate, state Senate president Jeff Atwater of North Palm Beach.