Members of the Florida Council of 100 business group were surprised to hear the other day Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater say he won't run for office again. It's not a shock, given that the two-term CFO and former state senator sought the presidency of Florida Atlantic University in 2014 and at the last minute backed out of a widely expected run for U.S. Senate (we can only ponder whether he would have stepped aside for Marco Rubio). Still, the popular and respected Republican, 58, has always been in the mix of formidable candidates for statewide offices including governor or U.S. Senate.
"Serving my fellow Floridians in elected office has been a true honor," Atwater told The Tampa Bay Times. "Yet there are many ways to serve our state and I look forward to continuing to do my part outside of the role of elective office for many years to come."
--ADAM C. SMITH, Tampa Bay Times