FL-Sen: Corrine Brown Explores Senate Race

Well, this sure is unexpected:

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, confirms that she is launching an exploratory campaign for U.S. Senate, and said an internal statewide poll shows her comfortably ahead of any Democratic contender including Kendrick Meek.

“Experience,” she said, when asked why the 17-year U.S. House member would be a stronger candidate than Meek. “I like Kendrick and I love his mother but this is about making sure we have someone at the table when we’re talking about energy, we’re talking about education, we’re talking about jobs, we’re talking about health care.”

I’d be pretty surprised if Brown actually went through with her primary threat, considering that she’d be starting behind the eight ball in terms of fundraising and endorsements (two things that Meek has been gobbling up at a decent clip so far this year). At last glance, Brown held a paltry $81K in her House campaign war chest.

Brown’s 3rd District is safely Democratic territory — its PVI is D+18 and it delivered 73% of its vote for Obama last year, so we’d have nothing to worry about should the seat become open. Brown says that she expects to announce a decision “within a few weeks”.

39 thoughts on “FL-Sen: Corrine Brown Explores Senate Race”

  1. Her fund raising sucks.  While her district is safe, it’s always disconcerting to have less than six digits in the bank.  So what does she do?  She puts her name out there as a potential Senate candidate, raises some money from those who don’t like Meek, then quietly withdraws and transfers the money over to her House account.


  2. She’ll crash and burn in the primary and we can get a non-crappy Democrat in her seat.

  3. Who are some likely candidates to run for her open FL-03 seat?

    (This would be great news: potentially get a better Dem in that district, and help toughen up Meek for the general election contest.)

  4. The first image I have of Rep. Brown is when she donned a blue-and-orange robe (or something that sure looked like on) to talk during the resolution praising the Florida football team for winning the national championship.  Nothing in the comments here provides evidence against that caricature of her.

    Now if we could get Tim Tebow to run as a Dem, we’d be in good shape. Minus the Senate’s age requirement and the likely political implications of Tebow’s fundamentalism.  

  5. losing a decent at best Democrat like her but I doubt she jumps in.

    In other news according to Florida blogger Kenneth Quinnell’s twitter feed Gelber is probably out.

    Gelber pretty much officially announced he’s out of the senate race. #fdpjj #pfla #p2 #flsen

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