With about two weeks to go until qualifying ends for the state Legislature, the will-she-or-won’t-she-run speculation about Ellyn Bogdanoff continues.
Bogdanoff is considering a rematch against Sen. Maria Sachs who represents parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties. Due to redistricting the two lawmakers faced each other in a newly drawn left-leaning district in 2012 and Sachs won.
"Still meeting with folks," Bogdanoff said in a text reply Thursday in which she didn't commit either way.
Bogdanoff has attended some public events but hasn’t been a consistent presence at recent Republican meetings or events -- she wasn’t at Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign gathering to promote small businesses at a Cuban restaurant in Oakland Park last week.
So far, Sachs has raised about $177,000 and spent $16,000 -- that doesn’t include a fundraiser she held at the Tower Forum this week that listed multiple Democratic state legislators and local elected officials on the host committee. Though Bogdanoff would start her fundraising late by launching a campaign in June, she’d have the power of the Republican Party of Florida and her past connections as a longtime state legislator.
If Bogdanoff jumps in, this will be the most competitive legislative brawl in Broward with money from both state parties. Check out Bogdanoff’s PolitiFact Florida report card (including her claim about Tampa strip clubs that made our most popular list in 2012) and Sachs’ report card.