Already a powder-keg of competing agendas and intrigue, The Florida Senate is poised to explode if master back-room operator and former Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla makes good on his latest plan to run for the chamber.
This afternoon, the former Senate Republican leader filed to run in SD 35, currently held by Democrat Gwen Margolis. Diaz de la Portilla's older brother, Miguel, replaced him last year in SD 36. Two Diaz de la Portillas in the Senate would be quite a sight. Alex Diaz de la Portilla and his younger brother, Renier, planned to run for state House.
Alex Diaz de la Portilla made the switch after the Florida Supreme Court today threw out major portions of the proposed Senate reapportionment maps. Caveat: Alex Diaz de la Portilla has suggested before that he'd run, but he ultimately opted not to. His statement:
"Today I filed to run in Senate District 35. I believe it is paramount to the future of our state that all people no matter how rural or urban, no matter race or party have their voice heard in the Florida Legislature. I do believe the Senate acted in good faith during the re-apportionment process. However, the new redistricting standards have made the process more difficult. While the Florida House was able to meet these new standards, unfortunately today the Supreme Court confirmed that the Senate got it wrong. I have full faith and confidence the Senate will be able to get it right during the upcoming special session."