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Debbie Wasserman Schultz for Fla gov?



wasserman20schultz20at20convention.jpgThere's been some intriguing chatter in Washington and Florida political circles lately that DNC chairwoman and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is considering running for governor in 2014.

At first blush that sounds nuts. A hyper-partisan liberal from south Florida is not exactly the ideal profile to win statewide office in in this state. But take a step back, and it doesn't sound quite so whacky.

The 45-year-old Broward County Democrat can raise tons of money given her national network. A scrappy mother and breast cancer survivor, she also has personal appeal and charm that can transcend her partisan image.

And Gov. Rick Scott, despite his vast resources to mount a strong campaign, has a serious image problem that simply doesn't seem to be going away. If Wasserman Schultz has any interest in the job, 2014 against Scott could be her last best shot.

The bottom line, however, is that Wasserman Schultz seems to have no real interest in the job. Some of her allies view the gubernatorial campaign rumor as an unfriendly one, designed to turn off fellow Democratic House members who might see the DNC chair as more interested in her own lofty ambitions than their own interests.

After all, there is considerable speculation that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may step down if Democrats fail to re-take the House, and Wasserman Schultz is one of the handful of House Democrats who would be strong contenders to succeed Pelosi. Wasserman Schultz political trajectory is looks much more like its aiming for Speaker of the House than Florida governor.

"The Congresswoman is focused on reelecting Barack Obama, regaining the majority in the House, expanding our majority in the Senate, and her own reelection to Congress," said Jonathan Beeton a spokesperson for Wasserman Schultz. "As bad as Rick Scott is for the people of Florida, she has no intention of running for Governor."

[Last modified: Friday, July 13, 2012 2:19pm]


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