If past is prologue, it's a sure thing that former state Rep. Aaron Bean of Fernandina Beach will be the next Florida Senator from Northeast Florida (replacing term-limited Steve Wise).
Here's why: The entire Republican Senate leadership is behind him, from Senate President Mike Haridopolos to his two likely successors. So it'll be easy to raise the roughly $4 million needed to win a state Senate seat in Florida. And, as Haridopolos showed with Sen. John Thrasher's race more than a year ago, he can raise far more if need be.
The Senate R's are holding a Bean fundraiser Tuesday at the governor's club. The hosts:
Senate President Mike Haridopolos (R-Melbourne), Senator Don Gaetz (R-Destin), Senator Andy Gardiner (R- Orlando), Senator John Thrasher (R-Orange Park), Senator Steve Wise (R- Jacksonville, Senator J.D. Alexander (R- Lake Wales), Senator Thad Altman (R-Melbourne), Senator Greg Evers (R-Crestview), Senator Rene Garcia (R-Hialeah), Senator Alan Hays (R-Umatilla), Senator Joe Negron (R-Palm City), Senator Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville), Senator Garrett Richter (R-Naples), and Senator David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs).