Will Democrat Jessica Ehrlich run for Congress in the Pinellas County district where Republican David Jolly just won?
“I have not given any thought to it at all,” she said Thursday. “I thought Alex was going to win.”
Democrat Alex Sink lost narrowly to Jolly in the special election this week that was held to fill the remainder of the term of longtime Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died in October.
Sink told the Tampa Bay Times today she is "keeping an open mind" about running against Jolly later this year, in the regularly scheduled election. Ehrlich said she was disappointed Sink lost.
Ehrlich, an attorney and former congressional aide from St. Petersburg, ran against Young in 2012 and was running against him again last year. But after Young died and Sink jumped in the race, Ehrlich bowed out.
Since then, Ehrlich has appeared as a Democratic analyst on some national television shows, and was interviewed this week on Fox News on The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.
She said she also has been working with other Democratic candidates around the state.