Election qualifying day suspense
UPDATED: With 10 minutes to go before the noon qualifying deadline Bud Chiles' treasurer filed papers for his nonpartisan run for governor. It comes as a blow to Democrat Alex Sink, who is the candidate most likely to lose votes to the son of the former governor, Lawton Chiles.
The place is a zoo with a number of state lawmakers and politicos awaiting the deadline. We are also awaiting Rick Scott's financial disclosure. His campaign aides just arrived at 11:45 a.m.
Scott's campaign manager Susie Wiles turned in the disclosure and told us Scott listed his net worth at $218.6 million.
One major surprise: state Rep. Pat Patterson didn't file to run against Senate President Jeff Atwater in the GOP primary for chief financial officer. Patterson even appeared at the Tallahassee Tiger Bay club Thursday and stood up to say he was running for the seat. But at the last minute, he decided to run in his hometown of DeLand.