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Bush: Opponents Won’t Influence Bid

May 22, 2001

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Gov. Jeb Bush said whoever is picked as the Democratic candidate for governor in 2002 will not affect his decision on whether to seek re-election.

``Who else aspires to serve as governor won’t be part of my decision-making process,″ Bush said Monday in response to a question about a possible candidacy by former Attorney General Janet Reno.

Reno, a Miami native, said Friday the possibility of running for governor does appeal to her and that she’d finalize a decision by the end of the year.

Bush, younger brother of President Bush, has said he will likely make a formal decision on a second term sometime in June. ``What’s the hurry?″ he asked. ``I’ve got a job to do.″

In a Democratic primary, Reno would likely have an advantage over other potential candidates in name recognition and fund-raising ability.

Other possible Democratic candidates for governor include Pete Peterson, a former congressman who is now Ambassador to Vietnam; U.S. Rep. Jim Davis; attorney Bill McBride; and state House Democratic Leader Lois Frankel.

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