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Galvano says he's considering attorney general race

In the wake of Bill McCollum's announcement today that he will leave his post as attorney general and run for governor, Rep. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican who is House Rules chairman, told the Herald/Times he is considering entering the attorney general's race.

Galvano's name now gets added to the list of other potential candidates: Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp and former chief of staff to Gov. Charlie Crist, George LeMieux.

"It is something that I'm taking a look at,'' Galvano said. He noted that while Republican Party chairman Jim Greer continues to discourage primary battles, Galvano believes "the rank and file really do want to have some options. These are very challenging times and that also equates to challenges in statewide elections so there are people who are interested in making sure decisions are not made too quickly and that there are options to evaluate."