"Look, I have no plans to run for governor," Nelson added. "I have no intention of running for governor. I love this job of senator except that I am very, very frustrated as we have discussed this morning, that we can't get anything done because you can't get people together to build consensus."
Nelson's statement should put a lid on the speculation that if anything, exposes the fact that Florida Democrats aren't feeling great about their potential 2014 gubernatorial candidates. Rick Scott remains extremely vulnerable, despite the signs that Florida's economy is on the upswing for the first time since the subprime mortgage crises hit the state hard in 2007.
Last week a "senior Florida Democratic official" commented on Nelson's potential candidacy to Roll Call , "It's on the way to being fairly serious. I think he is going to take a very close look at it ... It's not very far along. I wouldn't tell you it's likely ... [but] I think he will really look at it."
The fact is that there is only one declared serious Democrat who is running right now, and that is former Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich. Alex Sink continues to remain ambiguous when asked if she will run again, but she has not closed the door.
Charlie Crist is laying low these days, though we expect him to say something about the Democrats' chances of knocking off Scott when he addresses a joint meeting of the Democratic Executive Committees from both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties in 12 days in Tampa.
Roll Call reported that there are "a number of Democrats on deck" to run in either the governor's race in 2014 or for Nelson's Senate seat in 2016 if it opens up — Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, Rep. Ted Deutch, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sink were all named as possibilities.