One of Florida's most influential politicos is (sorta) retiring
We're late to noting this, but Pete Mitchell, Bill Nelson's right hand guy for decades and one of the state's smartest politicos, is retiring as the senator's chief of staff. Here's the note sent out from Nelson's office:
Pete Mitchell, our Chief of Staff, will be moving on after four decades of public service. Pete will pursue opportunities in the private sector and he will begin laying the ground work for my re-election in 2018. Pete has been my friend, confidant, my go to person and my right hand for over 20 years. He is one of the best public servants ever.
Pete is succeeded by our Legislative Director, Susie Perez Quinn. Susie is a pro's pro and will ensure an effective and seamless transition.
As always I appreciate your friendship and support.
It's been a tough year for Mitchell, whose 30-year-old son died in February after a sudden illness. But we expect he'll continue to have an outsized influence on Florida's political lanscape for some time and wish him the best.
Nelson, 73, has been saying for months he intends to seek reelection in 2018, though speculation about his plans is certain to continue.