Marco Rubio’s Presidential campaign leaves his Senate seat up for grabs in 2016. Conservatives have been looking for a viable candidate and may have found one in 36 year old Iraq War Vet Ron DeSantis.
Rep. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that he intends to run for the open Senate seat in Florida being vacated by GOP Sen. Marco Rubio.
The conservative favorite, a 36-year-old Iraq war veteran elected to the House in 2012, presented himself as a part of the “new generation of leaders” that Rubio said ready to lead the country.
“As a candidate for Senate, I look forward to offering reforms based on limited government principles that will make our country stronger and more prosperous,” DeSantis said in a statement. “I see a bright future for Florida and for America and my campaign will be about the ideas and principles that will help us achieve a more perfect union.”
A host of well known, politically connected GOP politicians have backed away from the race.
He [DeSantis] was not the first choice of the GOP establishment, however, which quickly coalesced around Jeff Atwater (R-Fla.), the state’s chief financial officer.
Atwater shocked Florida political watchers when he backed out of the race last month. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (FLa.) soon followed, as did Reps. Tom Rooney (Fla.) and Vern Buchanan (Fla.) and former state House Speaker Will Weatherford (Fla.).
If DeSantis gets the nomination he will likely face fellow Rep. Patrick Murphy who has already announced his candidacy and appears to be the Democratic frontrunner.