Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is keeping the door open on the possibility of running for Florida governor.
On Wednesday, the three-term senator told a group of local business leaders he’s tempted to run because he doesn’t like where his state is heading, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
Nelson, 71, has been floated as a possible Democratic challenger to the state’s current governor, Rick Scott (R), if Charlie Christ doesn’t catch fire.
The senator has previously said he had no plans to enter the race.
At the event Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Nelson criticized Scott for not accepting federal assistance for high-speed rail in the state and deciding not to expand Medicaid through ObamaCare.
“I think it’s not only a shame,” Nelson said of Scott’s policy on healthcare, “I think it’s a moral abscess.”
The chairman of Scott’s reelection campaign, state Sen. John Thrasher (R), said Wednesday that Nelson would propose “big government” solutions as governor rather than “market-based” strategies, according to the paper.
“His solutions are federally based solutions — not Florida-based solutions,” Thrasher said.
Several other lawmakers in Congress are running for governor of their states this November including Reps. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) and Mike Michaud (D-Maine), and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is running in 2015.