Atwater Considering A Senate Run Comes As No Surprise To Tea Party
In an interview posted today on the Shark Tank, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater stated that he is taking a look at entering the U.S. Senate race after being approached by “serious-minded conservatives”.
“It’s late. But I share the same deep-seated concern they hold. This is an extraordinary country. It’s an exceptional place on the planet and if we don’t turn it around soon, frankly it will be too late for another generation,” said Atwater. “I think I have a responsibility to sit back (and listen) to these people that I respect greatly and are serious-minded conservatives of this great state to take a hard look at it.”
For tea party activists, this comes as no surprise. His name was floated around in tea party circles over six months ago as a potential candidate in the race, culminating with a surprise visit to the P5 Tea Party Hospitality Suite at the Peabody Hotel on Sept. 23, 2011.
Atwater briefly spoke to the gathering then and was warmly received.
With Connie Mack’s clear inability to seal the deal, despite multiple advantages, and George LeMieux having yet to gain serious traction, FPP sees Atwater’s entry into this race as a positive step.
The effect will be to push both Mack and LeMieux to raise their game and establish once and for all that they are the candidate to defeat incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, or succumb to a better choice. With the balance of the Senate at stake, this is no time for uncertainty.
Hat tip: Florida Political Press