Mitchell Berger, a prominent Democratic donor, says he will consider running for Florida Attorney General if Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler decides not to run.
“If he says ‘no’ I will certainly think about it,” Berger said. “I’m trying to get Jack to do it. He would be the right person -- he would have my support if he is going to do it.”
Berger founded Berger Singerman law firm in 1985 and lives in Fort Lauderdale. He has hosted several fundraisers for national candidates including Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
While the 2018 governor’s race has drawn multiple Democratic candidates, so far no well-known Democrat has announced for Attorney General. Pam Bondi, the current attorney general and a Republican, is term limited.
Seiler, who is term-limited as mayor, told the Miami Herald in May that he is in no rush to decide whether to run and will make up his mind this year.
Foreclosure lawyer Ryan Torrens who lives in Odessa is the only Democrat to file so far. On the Republican side, former Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ashley Moody filed to run and has the backing of Bondi and State Rep. Jay Fant of Jacksonville also filed.
Berger said it would be “tragic” if the Democrats don’t have a viable candidate for attorney general.
“It’s the most important position in the cabinet other than governor’s position,” he said. “The attorney generals have stepped up on environmental issues throughout the U.S. and stepped up on immigration issues in the U.S. Our attorney general is absent.”