Bob Buckhorn talks about running for governor (and Jill Kelley) at Tampa Chamber event

  • Bob Buckhorn faces the Chamber (of Commerce)

Let's be perfectly clear: Bob Buckhorn has never publicly told anybody that he's contemplating a run for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014.

Nevertheless his name continues to be added to the mix when it comes to discussing who will challenge Rick Scott next year (such as in this National Journal article). Part of the speculation comes from the lack of a deep Democratic party bench, and part of it comes from Buckhorn's natural talents as an executive leading the state's third biggest city.

So during the mayor's Wednesday address at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce lunch at the newly named Hilton Tampa Downtown, it wasn't totally absurd when he was asked if he would take on Rick Scott.