Rick Baker for Congress? Or for governor vs. Adam Putnam, Will Weatherford
The latter is not as far-fetched an idea as you may think. Here's today's columns on why Rick Baker should run for Congress in the now heavily-Democratic district held by David Jolly and why he shouldn't:
2. Even losing is winning.
Most political analysts have already written off this race as a sure-thing Democratic win, so a loss would not be damaging. More importantly, just running would ensure you build a network of fundraisers, donors and Republican allies across the state and beyond that will be essential when/if in 2018 you run for Florida attorney general or for the GOP gubernatorial nomination against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and former Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford.
And if you instead opt to challenge Rick Kriseman for re-election in 2017, it can only help to rebuild your profile with a warmup congressional campaign.
Full column here