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Perry Thurston may run against Pam Bondi



Add another Broward politician to the list considering a statewide  bid: State House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston of Lauderhill confirmed today that he is considering challenging Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi.Thurston wouldn't reveal much except to say that other Dems have encouraged him to run and that he thinks if his party has a strong candidate running against Republican Gov. Rick Scott, that will increase the chance he will run. Thurston wouldn't reveal his favorite picks for governor.

Thurston could be a longshot against an incumbent because he isn't well-known among voters statewide and liberal Broward isn't the typical territory for churning out successful statewide candidates. Thurston has long roots in Broward -- he was born in Pompano Beach. Thurston does criminal defense and public finance work -- including as bond counsel to Broward County.

If he takes on Bondi, we'd expect Thurston to emphasize his support for ObamaCare -- something Bondi has fought.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, a Democrat, has said he will decide in the first quarter of 2013 if he will challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Nan Rich, a former Democratic state senator from Weston, is already running.

Amy Sherman

[Last modified: Friday, December 14, 2012 1:34pm]


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