Who will face Sen. Mel Martinez in 2010?
With Dems already branding Republican U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez a top target for 2010, much speculation has focused on Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink as a potential Democratic challenger. Sink is also a hot commodity in the 2010 gubernatorial speculation market. Sink, for the record, says she's focusing on her job and not commenting on 2010 rumors.Honestly that's a dumb statement. Klein is up for re-election in 2010, of course he's thinking about it.
If Sink doesn't run for Senate, U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, will be among those attracting speculation. One of the most prodigious money-raisers in Congress, Klein has about $1.7 million left over in his campaign account. Klein says he's too busy dealing with the nation's financial meltdown and national catastrophe insurance to think about 2010.
Sink would be an attractive state wide candidate. As for Klein, he is my Congressman, and was re-elected with 55% of the vote earlier this month against a underfunded Republican candidate. Another South Florida Congressman, Peter Deutsch, tried to get the democratic nod for this Senate seat in 2004. It is my view Klein would have as little success in a statewide race as Deutsch did.