Fla.'s Lt. Gov. hoping to replace AG McCollum

John O'Brien Jul. 21, 2009, 5:16pm


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida Lt. Gov. Jeff Kotkamp will again seek a statewide office next year, announcing Monday his intention to run for state attorney general.

Kottkamp is the third of a trio of state Republicans who have decided to seek a different office in 2010. Gov. Charlie Crist is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez, and Attorney General Bill McCollum is running for governor.

McCollum will likely face Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, a Democrat. Kottkamp, if he earns the GOP nod over former prosecutor Jim Lewis, would face either state Sen. Dave Aronberg or state Sen. Dan Gelber.

"Serving as attorney general would certainly be a culmination of a lot of experiences I've had in my life," Kottkamp said Monday, according to a report in the St. Petersburg Times.

"It's something I feel very passionate about. But first and foremost, as I said, I'm going to focus on being lieutenant governor."

Kottkamp was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2000, then re-elected in 2002 and 2004.

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