Sources close to Sen. Dan Gelber say the Miami Democrat is seriously considering shifting races and running for attorney general, leaving the Democratic slot in the U.S. Senate race to Miami Congressman Kendrick Meek.
Gelber, who would only say that he is "not closing any doors,'' announced his candidacy in January, after Meek had entered the race and before Republican Marco Rubio started quietly forming a campaign committee to raise cash,
In anticipation of Gov. Charlie Crist's plunge into the race on Tuesday, members of the Democratic National Senatorial Committee have been quietly urging Gelber to clear the primary field and have been urging the former senior counselor to two U.S. attorneys to switch the AG race. No decision has been made, Gelber said.
The same pressure has been placed on Rubio, also a Miami lawyer and former speaker of the Florida House, by Republicans in Washington who don't want a divisive primary in Florida. But Rubio was defiant on Tuesday, appearing on Fox News and writing on his Facebook wall that "it appears I won't win the Washington, D.C. primary. Lucky for me I'm running in the Washington, D.C., primary."