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Is Broward GOP leader going to take on county mayor?

For months, Broward GOP chairman Chip LaMarca has been contemplating a bid against Democratic County Mayor Ken Keechl and it looks like he's very close to making a decision.

On Tuesday morning LaMarca posted this message on Facebook: "Chip LaMarca is pondering a big decision."

Many of his friends asked what he plans to run for while one joked: "order the steak."

"I hope to have an answer within a week," LaMarca said in an interview Thursday.

LaMarca said he met with Keechl earlier this week.

"I had a two-hour meeting with him on Monday,'' LaMarca said. "He described to me the finer points of why I shouldn't run."

LaMarca, a Lighthouse Point City Commissioner, will have a huge hill to climb in terms of fundraising: Keechl has raised more than $300,000. But Keechl is ripe for a challenge after facing criticism over his campaign spending including paying $3,100 a month to rent a campaign office from his partner. The district leans slightly Democratic now but was held by Republican Jim Scott before Keechl.

Expect a partisan battle. Keechl is the county's first openly gay mayor and gay activists will rally around him while many Republican activists will help LaMarca.

If he decides to run, LaMarca will likely step down as GOP chair but he wouldn't talk about a likely replacement.