Jeb Nixes Senate Run

His dad thinks he’d be great, but it seems the time’s not right for a Jeb Bush Senate run. The former Florida governor, who left office in 2007, has just announced he won’t seek Senator Mel Martinez’ seat when he retires in 2010. Former state House Speaker Marco Rubio tells Politico’s Ben Smith that Bush “said it just wasn’t the right timing” and that he wants to explore other professional avenues outside of politics. An interesting twist: The decision opens the way for Rubio to pursue his own Senate ambitions. He’s meeting with Republican officials in Washington next week.