Sen. Bill Nelson considering a run for governor

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is considering running for governor of Florida in 2014, his office confirmed Thursday.

“I’d say that’s true, that he’s considering it,” Nelson spokesman Dan McLaughlin told Roll Call. "But — and as he’s said a number of times — he presently doesn’t have any intention of running. He’s got a job to do as a senator.”

Nelson previously said he doesn't plan to run, but also wouldn't answer a direct question about whether he would rule it out.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) looks eminently beatable in 2014, but Democrats already have a front-runner in former Republican governor Charlie Crist.

Nelson ran for governor once before, losing the Democratic nomination to Lawton Chiles in 1990. Chiles went on to become a two-term governor.

Nelson was reelected to a third Senate term in 2012 with 55 percent of the vote, defeating then-congressman Connie Mack (R-Fla.).

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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