Look for state Rep. Sean Shaw, D-Tampa, to announce next week he's running for state attorney general.
Shaw has been considering the race for months. According to sources close to Shaw, he plans to make an announcement of his decision in Tallahassee Tuesday, the day after Martin Luther King Day.
There are strong clues what decision he'll announce.
Last month, Shaw, who has said financial support from the state's trial lawyers would be crucial to any Democrat in the race, met with Orlando superlawyer and Democratic donor John Morgan.
Morgan then tweeted a photo of himself and Shaw, saying, "Sean Shaw is a future national superstar. His father was a legend. @SShawFL is a future legend. National money will pour into this guy."
Shaw is the son of the late Leander Shaw, the state's second black Supreme Court justice and first black chief justice.
In addition, a political staffer is now returning reporters' calls to Shaw, who in the past has routinely returned his own press calls.
Shaw initially considered the race last summer but decided against it, in part, he said at the time, because he wasn't getting encouragement from state trial lawyers, a key constituency for a Democrat in the race.
At the time, there was speculation about other potential big-name Democratic candidates — Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Rundle and lawyer and megadonor Mitch Berger. But those possibilities didn't materialize, and Shaw said in October that he was reconsidering.
He said he's been encouraged by party leaders, and he's upset about "what's continuing to happen in Washington – every day it's worse and worse."
"The president is not only inept, he's prejudiced, he's a narcissist, he's angry, he's not fit to be president," Shaw said at the time. "State attorney generals are a line of defense."
If he enters the race, Shaw will be the fourth candidate in the crowded field from Hillsborough County, along with fellow Democratic lawyer Ryan Torrens and two Republicans: state Rep. Ross Spano of Dover and former Judge Ashley Moody of Plant City.
Republican state Reps. Jay Fant of Jacksonville and Frank White of Pensacola are also running.