House Speaker Richard Corcoran says he won’t announce whether he’ll run for governor until seven months from now, after the 2018 legislative session. But the Pasco County Republican is laying the groundwork for a candidacy in a field where Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has a big head start and where Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, has entered the field.
He may run and he may not, but Corcoran, 52, who began his rise through Republican ranks as a campaign strategist, has the instincts of an operative and the travel schedule of a full-time candidate. Whether dining with donors at Tampa’s Capital Grillle or borrowing lobbyist friend Bill Rubin’s Fort Lauderdale conference room to huddle with consultants, Corcoran keeps much of his political activity under the radar and does not publicize what he’s doing. Here are four signs of a budding candidacy:
* Meeting goverrnors. Two weeks ago, Corcoran attended a Republican Governors Association meeting in Nashville where prospective 2018 candidates rubbed elbows with GOP governors and deep-pocket donors from around the country. Putnam also was there. Corcoran’s new BFF from the closing days of the legislative session, Gov. Rick Scott, helped with introductions. Corcoran called it a “fact-finding” tour. …read more
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