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Will Bob Buckhorn run for governor? Doubts growing

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Tampa Bay Times

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February

Which of the following Democrats does not appear poised to run for Florida governor?

A) Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee, who addressed Polk County Democratic activists Saturday, is paying for online ads about her potential run for governor, and Wednesday blasted Gov. Rick Scott on Twitter over his administration losing a lawsuit about water use.

B) Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who on Wednesday held a series of meetings with Democratic activists in Jacksonville, hailed Jacksonville's new human rights ordinance on Twitter and on Monday had lunch with the head of the influential SEIU union.

C) Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who has already paid for online ads featuring videos produced by his campaign consultant and, like Gillum and Graham, is actively interviewing people to work on his campaign.

D) Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who appeared with Gov. Scott in Tampa and Tallahassee on Monday and Tuesday to stand united in opposition to lawmakers wanting to cut state funding for economic development incentives, and on Wednesday mused to a reporter that running for governor would mean having to spend time away from his daughter before she heads to college in two years.

If you answered D, Mayor Buckhorn would not disagree with your perception.

"I've got to figure out if it's something I want," Buckhorn, 58, told the Tampa Bay Times. "If I don't want to be the governor as much as I wanted to be mayor, I'm not going to run."

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[Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2017 8:08am]

    

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