Politics & Government

Galvano considers run for Florida AG

MANATEE — State Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, is considering a run for the post of Florida attorney general, an elected position that also may be coveted by his longtime friend, Republican Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp.

“It’s something I have been taking a look at, it certainly is; I have not made a commitment to do it, but several people have asked me to consider it, and I didn’t want to dismiss it,” Galvano said Tuesday.

He acknowledged that his good friend, Kottkamp, is considering running for the post as well, noting, “We’ll see how all that works out.”

Asked why he was considering the attorney general’s post, which is being vacated by Republican Bill McCollum, Galvano replied, “I’m an attorney, for one, it’s an interesting post in that you are applying the laws much as an attorney does, as I do in my private practice.

“Also, I have a real affinity for the process of lawmaking,” he added. “I’ve been in (it) for the last seven years, it’s a different perspective, it continues to interest me.”

McCollum announced Monday he will run for governor after current-Gov. Charlie Crist announced he will seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla.

Galvano, who is to finish his term in the House in November 2010, also is considering a run for the Florida Senate, he said. That seat also might appeal to state House Speaker Pro Tempore Ron Reagan, R-Bradenton, who said Tuesday he was still deciding his next political move.

“I will make the decision by middle of the summer,” said Reagan. “There’s a couple things I’m looking at. It’s not a statewide office, I’ll put it that way.”

Reagan had high praise for Galvano, his colleague among the top leadership of the Florida House during the session that ended May 8.

Galvano chaired the House’s powerful Rules & Calendar Council and led the House Select Committee on Seminole Indian Compact Review, overseeing the state’s gambling compact with the Seminole Indian Tribe.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 708-7908.

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