Bense loves Crist, but he aint running …not yet

July 26, 2006


The good news for Crist came the same day that he notched another high-level endorsement, this time from state House Speaker Allan Bense, the Panama City Republican whom Gov. Jeb Bush unsuccessfully tried to entice to run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Bill Nelson.

Bense said he liked both Crist and Gallagher, but that in the end he likes and trusts Crist. The Bense endorsement is fueling speculation that he may be under consideration as a running mate for Crist. But Bense said he is focused on returning to his business career once his term ends.

”You never say never, but I’m sure not seeking it,” said Bense.

When asked about a possible choice as lieutenant governor, Crist called Bense a ”tremendous public servant” but then noted that candidates don’t have to name a running mate until after the primary.


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