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Jeff Kottkamp for Congress?

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January

If Rep. Connie Mack of Fort Myers leaves to run for U.S. Senate, his old friend and former Lt. Gov., Jeff Kottkamp, said he’s “strongly considering” running for Mack's  Congressional seat.

He’d be a fool not to consider a run. In the three-way Republican primary for attorney general, won by Pam Bondi, Kottkamp rolled up his biggest margins in Lee County, which he carried with 67 percent of the vote. He won Collier County to the south with 53 percent and Charlotte to the north with 47 percent of the vote.

“This is my home base and I would expect to be very competitive if we decide to do it,” Kottkamp said. “There are a lot of things that go into these decisions. First of all, we have to wait and see if there’s a vacant seat.”

What else is a consideration?

“With these challenges and the new Constitutional amendments (concerning the drawing of political boundaries),” he said, “it may be right before qualifying before we find out what the districts look like.”

Assuming the district doesn’t change too much (remember, Florida picks up two new congressional seats), Kottkamp looks on paper as if he’ll walk into office. Still, 2012 is ten million years in the future in political years (it’s kinda like dog years with more volatility).

“Connie Mack is weighing all the same things I am about running,” Kottkamp said. “He’s in a safe seat right now. It’s a wonderful district. When he was in the Legislature he always wanted to represent this area. And he jumped at the chance. I can’t blame him.”

 

[Last modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 6:13pm]

    

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