While giving his blessing to state Rep. Jason Brodeur to run for his current post, state Sen. David Simmons says he’s weighing his own options to go after the Florida attorney general’s post, the Florida’s 7th Congressional District seat that Democrats just flipped, or staying full-time with his growing law firm.
The attorney general option could come sooner rather than later, as Attorney General Pam Bondi is widely reported to be in the running for a position in president-elect Donald Trump‘s administration.
If Bondi leaves, Gov. Rick Scott would be appointing a successor. If she stays, she’ll be term-limited out in 2018, the same year that U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy comes up for her first re-election bid in CD 7, a seat Republicans had held for generations before her arrival. Simmons declined to say if he has spoken to Scott about the prospect of being appointed as attorney general.
One way or the other, Simmons, a Longwood Republican, leaves by 2020, when he is term-limted out. That’s the year for which Brodeur, a Sanford Republican, announced he was filing to run to succeed Simmons in Florida Senate District 9, which covers Seminole County.
“I am looking at my options,” Simmons told FloridaPolitics.com.
“I know that in 2018 the attorney general position will be open, and maybe earlier. And so at this point in time we’ll see what happens,” Simmons said. “And then of course, with the events that occurred in Nov. 2016, I believe that there is a need to have a Republican who represents Congressional District 7. And so I’ll look at option as well.
When it gets to be 2020, or 2018 – you know how politics is volatile that we don’t’ know what’s going to happen, and who is going to be running for what positions –
predicitng what is going on is a very difficult thing.”