Rep. Ron Klein rules out Senate bidby George Bennett | May 22nd, 2009
U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, will seek a third term in Congress next year rather than pursue a U.S. Senate bid, he announced today.
With about $1.8 million in his campaign account and no other Democrats of statewide stature running, Klein said earlier this year he was considering a run for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Mel Martinez. Two other Democrats — U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami and state Sen. Dan Gelber of Miami Beach — are running, although Gelber is mulling a switch to the attorney general’s race.
Democratic enthusiasm for the Senate seat has cooled since popular Republican Gov. Charlie Crist entered the race.
Read Klein’s statement after the jump…..
“At this time of great challenge — and great opportunity –in South Florida, our state and our nation, I will be focusing my full attention on serving the families of the 22nd Congressional District as their elected Member of Congress. I believe that I can best serve South Floridians by remaining in the U.S. House at this time and continuing to fight to create jobs, revive our economy, and to pass the Homeowners’ Defense Act, which will bring real relief from skyrocketing homeowners’ insurance costs.”