TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The state attorney general plans to file paperwork this week to seek the Republican nomination for Florida governor, sources close to the attorney general said Sunday.
Three sources close to Crist confirmed the decision to run in 2006 on condition of anonymity. They said Crist planned to make a public announcement by midweek.
Crist, a former state senator, unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Democrat Bob Graham for the U.S. Senate in 1998. He followed Gallagher as education commissioner in 2000 before winning the attorney general's race in 2002 when Gallagher became chief financial officer.
Gallagher was unsuccessful in bids for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 1986 and 1994 but ran well ahead of Jennings, a former two-term president of the Florida Senate.