U.S. Rep. Bill Young (R FL-13)
St. Petersburg, FL - Former Governor Charlie Crist says he is not going to run for Representative C.W. Bill Young's Congressional seat now that the 82-year-old has announced he's stepping down next year. In a text message to 10 News Reporter Preston Rudie Thursday night the former Governor said it is "not happening!"
Most believe Crist will run for Governor next year.
Crist joined several others on Thursday who said they would also pass on running for Young's seat.
Republican state Senator Jack Latvala posted on his Facebook page Thursday that, "I appreciate the many people who have called and texted me urging me to run for Congress but I do not plan to do that. I love the Florida Senate. I make an impact here and want to stay here."
State Senator Jeff Brandes also reported has said he will not run. The Republican told SaintPetersBlog.com he is committed to seeking re-election in the Senate.
"I know it's been less than 24 hours since Congressman Young made his announcement, but this is an easy decision for me and my family," Brandes told SaintPetersBlog.com. "We have three young children. We have deep roots in St. Petersburg. And I just think, right now, I can get more done for our community from where I am at in the Florida Senate."
Democrat state Representative Darryl Rouson also says he's not going to run. "I'm concentrating on my current duties and home. I've had calls but I think there are great Democrats more situated," Rouson said in a text message.