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Here's Richard Corcoran's timeline for governor race

Richard Corcoran

Scott Keeler, Tampa Bay Times

Richard Corcoran

Adam Putnam's campaign for governor is piling up money and poised for a formal kickoff next week. But Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran tells the Buzz he won't decide on a run for governor until after the 2018 legislative session ends next March.

The Land O'Lakes Republican said this summer he will create a political committee to raise money. But no matter what, the only office he would consider running for is governor. Speculation that he could ultimately decide to run for attorney general or U.S. Senate? Simply wrong.

"Those are the only two choices -- governor or not run for office," he said.

As Florida House Speaker he should be able to raise big money from companies and individuals with legislative interests, but he at least initially will be raising it for a nebulous purpose.

"If I can't raise the money, I can't raise the money, and if I raise the money and I don't want to run for governor, I don't run for governor. I'll use it for constitutional amendments, I'll use it for helping real conservatives, or I'll turn it over to the (Republican) party," Corcoran said.

Unless you're someone like Rick Scott who can personally drop $75 million on a race, launching an actual campaign so late would normally be a huge disadvantage. Corcoran said that doesn't concern him.

"I do pretty well being unconventional," he said.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 4, 2017 7:28am]

    

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