Despite his protestations to the contrary, Bill Nelson continues to be floated as a possible Democratic gubernatorial nominee in 2014. His latest declaration that he does not want to run to be the state's chief executive came during a session with Tampa reporters at the conclusion of a press event he held at his district office on Tuesday morning.
"I have no plans to run for governor," he stated. "I have no intention of running for governor."
I interrupted Nelson to repeat Democratic Party strategist Screven Watson's quote that Nelson said, "No, but not hell no." Will you, I asked the senator, say "hell no" to these rumors?
"Well, you want me to declare that I'm not running for governor," he replied, clearly exasperated, "When in fact I've never declared I'm running for governor."