Thrasher to run for Senateby Dara Kam | March 26th, 2009
Former House Speaker-turned lobbyist John Thrasher will run for term-limited Sen. Jim King’s seat, Thrasher confirmed.
The Jacksonville Republican has not officially entered the race but said he will almost certainly jump in after the legislative session ends in May.
Thrasher, who served as speaker from 1998-2000, is a high-powered lobbyist for the Southern Strategy Group, whose clients include Disney World, Associated Industries and the Florida Hospital Association.
Thrasher is a close ally of former Gov. Jeb Bush. The duo cooked up a massive education overhaul on the back of a paper napkin in 1999 that abolished the Board of Regents, the panel that used to oversee the state university system.
Two years ago, Thrasher was the front-man in an effort to revoke petition signatures in the Hometown Democracy effort that would have made it more difficult to change comp plans.