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Debbie Wasserman Schultz May Be Considering 2016 Senate Bid

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 03:13 PM

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is considering making a 2016 Senate run for Marco Rubio's Florida seat, Politico reports.

The Florida congresswoman, 48, who has served in Washington since 2005, is liking her chances with another Democrat, Hillary Clinton, at the top of the 2016 ticket, Politico noted.

Her interest comes as Rubio ponders his own White House bid.

"Of course, she’s considering it: Open Senate seats are pretty rare," one longtime supporter, Andrew Weinstein, told Politico, who said he was among a number of sources who confirmed her consideration of the race.

"If you’re a nationally known candidate with a strong fundraising record and a good relationship with your constituents and supporters, you would definitely look at it," said Weinstein, who served in 2012 on the national finance team of President Barack Obama.

Striking out in a Senate race would be tough while serving as leader of the DNC, and Wasserman Schultz could leave her post as early as April if she decided to run, one Democratic source told Politico of her timing.

Wasserman Schultz, a Long Island native, has not yet responded publicly to chatter about her entering a Senate race. She is unlikely to do so until that seat is open.

Rubio would have to make a decision about seeking re-election or running for the White House as state law in Florida would preclude him from doing both, The Wall Street Journal reported, calling it "a tough choice."

One outlier in Florida is the future plans of its other senator, Bill Nelson, who would be up for re-election in 2018, the Sunshine State News reported. It said Nelson, a Democrat, sent out a fundraising email earlier this month that some think is a signal that indeed he will seek a fourth term.

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Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is considering making a 2016 Senate run for Marco Rubio's Florida seat, Politico reports.
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