If Republican Gov. Rick Scott hears the clock ticking on his decision of whether to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, it will have to wait until after he gets through the stack of bills the Florida Legislature put on his desk.

At least that’s what he suggested Wednesday when asked, during a stop in Orlando, about his timetable.

“I just finished session. I just finished the budget. I have a variety of bills to go through. I’ll make a decision after that. You know, most politicians can think about their next job. I’ve got to finish the job I’ve got here,” Scott said.

Nelson and various national Democratic and Republican committees have been preparing for a Nelson-Scott showdown. The National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee have been waging that battle for months. But as polls and special elections suggest a potential anti-President Donald Trump blue wave building on the horizon, Scott is making no overt commitments.

Meanwhile, as March wanes, anticipating a Scott run, no other credible Republican candidates have gone near the U.S. Senate race.

About The Author

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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