A peek at Rep. Greg Steube's political future

A peek at Steube's political future

Rep. Greg Steube is keeping a keen eye on the future of state Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, for her decision on whether to seek re-election in 2016 or campaign for a seat on the Sarasota County commission.

Since Steube lives in Sarasota County, he acknowledges that he will enter a race for Senate should Detert surrender her seat.

But Detert holds a wild card. Her decision could play a major role on which Republican becomes Senate president in 2017. In the close contest between Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater and Joe Negron of Stuart, Detert favors Latvala, Steube told this Editorial Board. Her presidential vote could swing the election.

Should Steube or former state Rep. Doug Holder, who also plans to campaign for Senate should Detert bow out, advance to the Senate, both are potential Negron supporters.

Detert's loyalty to Latvala could decide her political future -- as well as Steube's. He could seek his House seat again in 2016, but then would term out in 2018. With his ascension to the Senate in 2016, he could have another eight years in the Legislature.

During that time, Steube would be able to work two years under someone he's well acquainted with -- Sen. Bill Galvano of Bradenton, who enjoys a lock on assuming the Senate presidency beginning in 2019.