That didn't take long.
State Senate Majority Leader Alex Diaz de la Portilla said he's interested in running for Congress now that U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz Balart is leaving. Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, is being forced from state office due to term limits as his own older brother, former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, runs for his seat. The senator's younger brother, Renier Diaz de la Portilla, is a Miami-Dade school board member. So it's good bet that the family has strong name ID, giving the senator a good shot of being dubbed a frontrunner should he throw in his hat. If he and his brother win, each Diaz de la Portilla brother would represent a different level of government: federal, state and local.
Also, the senator has recently made an alliance with lobbyist/political strategist Dave Custin, who works for the Diaz Balarts as well as Diaz de la Portilla's sometime-rival, Sen. Alex Villalobos.
"I have had the honor and privilege of serving my community as a state senator and I am seriously considering the opportunity to continue to fight for the people of Florida on a national level in the United State Congress. I will make my final decision soon after thoughtful and deliberate consideration,” Diaz de la Portilla wrote in an email.