Jessica M. Karmasek Jun. 17, 2013, 5:45pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) -- State Rep. Perry Thurston, the current Democratic Party leader in the Florida House, reportedly is considering a run for state attorney general next year.

Thurston, a Fort Lauderdale lawyer, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel last week that he is "actively thinking about" a bid.

According to the newspaper, he can't run for the House again because of term limits.

"We're still open to consideration of doing whatever's in the best interest of the Democratic Party of the state of Florida," Thurston told the Sun Sentinel Friday. "If there's a more qualified candidate then I would support that candidate."

In the meantime, he has filed papers so he can raise money for a state Senate run in 2016.

Current Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Republican, was a relative newcomer when she was elected as the state's top lawyer in 2010.

The former Tampa prosecutor -- and frequent commentator on Fox News -- narrowly defeated Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp in a three-way primary, and went on to beat state Sen. Dan Gelber to become attorney general.

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