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CFO Jeff Atwater Considers U.S. Senate Run

by Javier Manjarres

The dynamics in Florida’s Republican U.S.Senate race have been shaken up considerably with the announcement by Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater that he’s considering a U.S. Senate bid in 2012.  Atwater was part of the “class of 2010” group of candidates that included U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Rick Scott who were swept into office by the conservatives grassroots movement.

As we’ve reported, the conservative grassroots has been largely sitting idle in the Senate race thus far and has hedged its full throated support for either Congressman Connie Mack or former Senator George LeMieux in the race.  But with a potential Atwater candidacy now a very real possibility, Atwater may very well have an opportunity to consolidate a significant amount of that grassroots support behind his campaign and ultimately unify the party.

Atwater’s possible entrance into the race could very well answer the calls from statewide grassroots leaders and activists who have been holding out for a more  conservative alternative to emerge in the race.

Jeff Atwater would be a formidable candidate, has solid conservative credentials, and can unify the party, as well as beat Bill Nelson- Nancy McGowan, Marco Rubio for Senate  State Finance Chair


He is thoughtful, intelligent, caring and focused, has made all the right moves as CFO, and I would love to see him as my Senator.- Toby Hill, Indian River Tea Party Chairman

Over 3 million Floridians voted for Atwater in his CFO race, making him a solid candidate whose name recognition across the state would be perceived as comparable to that of Congressman Connie Mack’s.

“It’s late. But I share the same deep-seated concern they hold. This is an extraordinary country. It’s an exceptional place on the planet and if we don’t turn it around soon, frankly it will be too late for another generation,” said Atwater. “I think I have a responsibility to sit back (and listen) to these people that I respect greatly and are serious-minded conservatives of this great state to take a hard look at it.”- CFO Jeff Atwater

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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CFO Jeff Atwater Considers U.S. Senate Run

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