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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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  • FLRepublican84

    Jeff has been a great CFO and is a conservative champion we need in Washington

    • Tea Party Voter in Fl.

      Jeff would be awesome! He is a true Conservative and the most experience.

  • Think of the bigger picture…

    Please run Jeff! PLEASE!!!!

  • Jose Deleopardo

    LeMieux and Mack do not measure up to Atwater. Hope Atwater runs

  • Greg Fournier

    Atwater would definately be a candidate to be reconed with yes, but their is a more appealing and conservative candidate. Deon Long has been building a lot of interest and a lot of support. At present in old campaign style he is walking the entire State of Florida. He started April 6th 2021 and at present in 40 miles outside Tallahassee.

  • Mike

    Finally a serious candidate. I hope Atwater has enough time to mount a campaign.

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  • Lisa Rovella

    LeMiuex=Crist,McCalister=Phony,Mack=Rino and Atwater=Reagan!Nuff Said…

  • Conservative R voter

    Run Jeff Run!! You would be the adult in this race who can take out career politician and the liberal Obama rubberstamp, Bill Nelson. This race is about the future and destiny of our country, our party needs your courage, humility and leadership. Thank you for being bold and selfless. We will rally behind you to win this one.

  • Elleon

    Jeff will give true conservatives a real choice.

  • Eric Edwards

    Run Jeff run. Nelson is very vulnerable but only if we can get a quality candidate in the Republican primary. The other guys all lack the maturity and responsibility to win the race but more importantly, to actually work seriously at getting our country back on track. Atwater can do both. Run Jeff run.


    RUN JEFF RUN!!! Let’s start knocking on doors now!

  • Bob

    Jeff is okay but none measure up to Marielena Stuart. She is one powerful woman with the right message.

  • Ocala Patriot

    Jeff Atwater spoke in length to nearly 400 of us at the Americans for Prosperity “Patriot’s Day Rally” in Tallahassee earlier this year. He was chosen to introduced Scott Plakon, who was given AFP’s 2011 Legislator of the Year award. Jeff brought the crowd to their feet as he spoke of all the concerns “we the people” have and the issues facing this great nation. There are a number of good candidates in this crucial and crowded race, but when I saw that he is considering entering the race, I knew where my vote would go. Although Mack and Lemieux may have name recognition, Jeff certainly has it here in Florida. I also say, Run Jeff, Run.

  • RedStateDan

    Question: I’m not familiar with Mr. Atwater. Is he pro-life? Does he rest on all three legs or Reagan’s conservative tripod? I sure have been hoping for a strong candidate in this race. Right now I’m about as excited about the two Republican “frontrunners” as I am about Mittens.

    • GenEarly

      I am not familiar with Mr.Atwater though I voted for him as CFO like a “good republican” should; after all the only other choice was a dimicat.

      What this tells me the Repubs at the elected elite country club have looked at polls showing Nelson gets re-elected vs Pepe’ or Mack of Ca.

      I have heard and seen the sincerity of Marielena Stuart, a Constitutional Conservative. That she is ignored even on The Shark while the CC Repubs keep fishing for a “winner”.

    • Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty

      Yes, Jeff Atwater is pro-life and a full spectrum conservative in the Ronald Reagan 3-legged stool model. He could also build that same 3 legged coalition among Florida voters to defeat Bill Nelson.

    • Lady Gator

      CFO Jeff Atwater is a solid pro-life Reagan conservative, full spectrum, in the 3-legged stool coalition the Gipper sucessfully built and articulated, definitely!

  • Linda

    Jeff proved in his campaign against Bob Butterworth that he can come from behind and win. This time will be a breeze. Atwater for our next Senator!!!!

  • Professor Robert J. King, M.Div., Th.M.

    Jeff Atwater, if he can provide a Florida Right to Life-level of commitment to Pro-Life moral convictions then I would much rather see Jeff receive it than Connie Mack IV ( who voted for embryonic stem-cell research) and LeMieux who has not secured the moral conservative voting bloc either.

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  • Art

    NO! NO! NO!
    Conservatives must remember this guy was the chief engineer of railroading through the “train to nowhere”

  • Art

    “Train to Nowhere”
    He abruptly called a special session during the Christmas season because he knew it would not pass the full light of regular session. Then when he did not have enough votes to get thru committee, he removed conservative Rhonda Storm and replaced her with Mike Fasano who was a yes vote.

  • Perseids

    Hopefully this will leave LeMiuex and daddy’s son Connie out in the rain with their pants down.
    Practically anyone besides those two can only be an improvement.

  • Dmitry

    Finally! Here is the candidate I would ENTHUSIASTICALLY campaign and vote for. I know nothing about Stuart, thus I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt: maybe she is a decent person, but with no name recognition, state wide election machine, and bags of money she stands no chance against Nelson. The rest of the running crowd is just a bunch of clowns. My only fear is that rotten RPOF, which already screwed up Allen West and has RINOs Canon and Haridopulos screwing us all in Tallahassee, will somehow pull the defeat out of jaws of Atwater’s victory.

    • Jim

      “I know nothing about Stuart”? Dmitry, please educate yourself. its not that difficult. You are saying that she is not a career politician so “she stands no chance”, but then you go off on the Republican establishment. Make up your mind Dmitry. Continue to be impressed by the power of the establishment and get excited by a new establishment candidate or leave them behind like so many others are doing and support MARIELENA STUART

      She is appearing all over Florida in front of tea party groups, 9-12’s, Republican clubs and executive committees, and conservative women groups. If you can’t attend one of her campaign appearances, go to YouTube and see her speeches and interviews so you can better understand the power of her candidacy. Read her articles at about China, the Middle East, Communism, Cuba, Socialism and don’t miss the ones about Obama. They are priceless. She speaks against the United Nations and its initiative of AGENDA 21 at all of her appearances.

      Dmitry, MARIELENA STUART is unlike any other candidate in the Florida U.S.Senate race. Join her conservative campaign as she storms across Florida helping to save America.

  • Lowie

    Flagler County Tea Party Patriot says YES on the Atwater run.
    Floridians are smart voters and will back this true conservative.

  • matthew tsien

    Wow, Javvy !!!

    Thanks for the article…what terrific news. While I’m a Mack supporter, I’m certainly not in love with him.

    Please keep us posted….I would certainly support Jeff. Participated in a big South Florida sign-waving gathering at a Marlins game in 2010 — met him and he gave all of us free tickets to see the eventual 2011 World Champion Cardinals.

    Put up lots of signs for him too !!!

    Nice down to earth person who seems not to offend moderate voters with his fiscal conservatism.

    He would be a wonderful addition to our expected strong 54-56 seat GOP-majority US Senate in 2013, according to Gallup, Rasmussen, Dick Morris and other credible prognosticators…

  • Carlos

    Jeff may have a good job but we will take back the US Sen. and he’ll have a far better one. I don’t see any of the current GOP pack any better qualified to beat Yahoo. Atwater simply needs to ask Nelson, when they debate, “Sen., why haven’t Harry Reid and your party passed a budget in 3 years?”. Yahoo can’t give any kind of real answer because the reason is to shelter weak, vulnerable Obama koolaid chuggers like him from having to take a stand and vote. Nelson heartily embraced all of Obama’s failures, hoping we’d forget (we won’t!) and the last thing he wants is to have to do that again.

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