Though guys like George LeMieux and Adam Hasner have for months been running for the GOP nomination to take on Senator Bill Nelson, no one has made much headway with voters. That leaves the field wide open for a potential late entrant. Rep. Adam West, Florida's most Tea-soaked new congressman, might be open to considering doing just that.
"I cracked it open enough so that people can slip a note under the door and I can read the note and I can write back on the note 'probably not' and send it back out under the door," West said last night at a Palm Beach County Tea Party gathering, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
"There are people here in the state of Florida that see me as a political entity, and they are very trustworthy within the Republican Party structure. I should sit down and talk to them," he said. "But I don't think people are really going to be able to move me."
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In political talk that means, "Well, if someone can convince me I can be competitive and raise enough money, then sure." West has also previously given a more definitive no to the question of a Senate run. At the very least, it seems it's floating somewhere in the back of his mind.
But we think West has a hard enough task just getting re-elected. There's been very little polling so far on the congressional level, and no one we know of has measured West's approval rating in his 22nd District. One needs only to remember that the district actually leans somewhat Democratic and that fellow Tea Party wunderkind Rick Scott remains deeply unpopular. So West probably isn't the most beloved congressman in Florida.