According to some insider sources, Florida’s senior Senator, Bill Nelson (D) may be on the short list for Hillary Clinton’s choice of a running mate for Vice President. It is not the first time Nelson has been the recipient of similar musings by political insiders. He was also rumored to have been considered by Barack Obama during his last campaign for the Oval Office.
Nelson is well-respected throughout Florida and after successfully battling prostate cancer by undergoing surgery back in 2015, he has said he would seek reelection in the upcoming 2018 Senate campaign Nelson is 73 but is considered to be in great current health.
Nelson has strong ties with Lee County and has twice visited Island communities served by The Sun Bay Paper. The first time was to discuss bio-diesel development originating with the fishing fleet on San Carlos Island and the second time was at the invitation of Publisher Carl Conley who, at that time was Chairman of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. At that luncheon, Nelson spoke to a capacity crowd at Diamondhead and stressed his commitment to preserving wetlands and water quality both inshore through Everglades’ restoration and offshore by defeating those who have advocated drilling for oil off the Florida coastline.
One reason Clinton might find Nelson a good choice is because she has often said an “experienced leader” who is also “not interested in the presidency,” would be important criteria for her when choosing who would be on her ticket when voters go to the polls in November.
There is an offsetting factor to consider. With control of the Senate up for grabs in November, Democrats may not be willing to gamble on what the Party views as an important seat in their bid to regain control of both houses.
Nelson, when asked to verify his interest in the VP position said, “It’s premature for me to comment.”