In an interesting turn of events, it seems State Representative Seth McKeel likely won’t be running for Congress. McKeel was among those publicly considering running for Congressman Adam Putnam’s seat when (if?) Congressman Putnam announces his bid for Commissioner of Agriculture.
At least one person looking at the race and a handful of business community members say the McKeels, who recently had their second child, have already decided that Seth will stay in the Legislature where he is posed to become a rising star.
The Ledger indicates other potential candidates would be State Representative Baxter Troutman and former State Representative Dennis Ross for the GOP. On the Democrat side former State Senator Rick Dantzler (who has also been rumored as considering a US Senate run) and former candidate Doug Tudor who lost to Putnam in 2008 are mentioned.
When Putnam does announce his return to Florida politics, this will be an interesting race to watch.