(CNN) - MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, is leaving open the possibility of running for outgoing Florida Sen. Mel Martinez's seat in 2010.
The host of "Morning Joe" told the Sarasota Herald Tribune he's been fielding calls from several Florida Republicans urging him to run. "I haven't closed it off," he told the paper in an article published Monday. "I've been getting some calls from some fundraisers in Florida."
But Scarborough added he may have more influence now as a cable talk-show host than as Florida's junior senator.
Still, the race may be among the most high-profile and hard-fought Senate battles in 2010. Since former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced earlier this month he was not interested in running for the seat, state Republicans have been looking to field another high-profile candidate. Democrats are also scrambling to find a well-known candidate after Alex Sink, the state’s chief financial officer, said she would not run.
But Scarborough, who served as a congressman for six years in one of Florida's most conservative districts, angered many in his party during the 2008 election for not appearing to support the GOP more enthusiastically.
"I have been bashing my party more than the Democratic Party because I want to make sure that I am fair and down the middle," Scarborough said last year.
He's a tool.
Go for it Joe you like to talk the talk I like to see if you can walk the walk.
How can they expect Joe to run for office again when they almost killed him in Washington the first time? Wrecks, accidents...you know how washington gets its point across. Play along or wend up dead. If Joe values his life he will stay out of politics. He's too honest and straight forward to survive the good ole boy politics.
He needs to move to Fox News first, like Glenn Beck did, in order to rally up his GOP base. Bash his former employer MSNBC a little, throw some red meat to his dear Republicans, and maybe then he's got a chance with them. Not with everybody in Florida, but hey, it's a start...
If it gets Mika off the air, I'm all for it. I like the show when she isn't talking or trying to look cute. They need to find another co-anchor besides her. I don't care who her dad is!