Don't count the Bushes out yet

The outgoing president's brother Jeb says he's considering a run for Mel Martinez's Senate seat.

Published December 3, 2008 2:50PM (EST)

Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida -- and the president's brother -- may be returning to politics.

Bush is eyeing a run to replace Florida Republican Sen. Mel Martinez, who announced on Tuesday that he will not seek reelection. In an e-mail sent Tuesday night, Bush told Politico, "I am considering it.” 

Obviously, the Bush name is a liability in national politics these days. But the same isn't as true in Florida, where Jeb Bush remains popular, even if his brother isn't.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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