Gov. Rick Scott said he won’t seek higher office next year – at least among his fellow Republican governors.

Asked during an Associated Press pre-session event Thursday in the Capitol if he will attempt to add the duties of chairman of the Republican Governors Association to his 2018 responsibilities, Scott replied, “I won’t.”

“I’ve got a lot of things to get done,” Scott said. “It’s my last year in office. I’ve got a big agenda. I want to get those things done.”

Scott said he would release his proposed budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year “in the next few weeks.”

Scott, who is expected to run for U.S. Senate next year, is currently vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association, which focuses on helping elect GOP governors.

“There are a lot of good people (in the association), 34 governors, I’m sure there will be somebody that will step up,” Scott said.

Scott was elected vice chairman in February after former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley resigned when she was named ambassador to the United Nations.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is chairman.

Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

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