Gaetz says he's not running for Alabama Senate seat against Doug Jones
Florida Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzFloyd’s brother urges Congress to take action Philonise Floyd asks Congress to deliver justice for his brother Overnight Defense: Senate confirms US military’s first African American service chief | Navy to ban display of Confederate flags | GOP lawmakers urge Trump not to cut troops in Germany MORE (R) said Friday he is not running for the Senate in Alabama after The Hill reported Thursday that the Trump loyalist was considering a 2020 campaign against Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.).
The Pensacola News Journal reached out to Gaetz Friday about the story inquiring if he was considering the Senate bid, to which Gaetz responded “no.”
Gaetz’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
Sources close to Gaetz had told The Hill the Florida Republican is being encouraged by “people in [President] Trump’s orbit” to challenge Jones for what is seen as one of the most competitive Senate seats of the 2020 cycle.
“He’s talking about running for Senate in Alabama. They have a one-day residency requirement there,” said one GOP lawmaker who knows Gaetz well. “POTUS [President of the United States] would probably endorse him.”
Gaetz told The Hill that he had been approached about Alabama’s Senate race, but that he would most likely be running for reelection in his Florida district.
“I had a few people make mention to me that Alabama has a very short residency requirement, but it’s not something I’ve looked at myself,” he said. “I think that my most likely path would be to seek reelection in the House.”
Gaetz also told the blog FloridaPolitics.com that he “may have mentioned” the idea of running in Alabama to some people “in passing.”
Republicans widely view Jones’s seat as their top pickup opportunity in a Senate map that provides the party few chances to go on offense. Jones narrowly beat out Republican Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreSessions goes after Tuberville’s coaching record in challenging him to debate The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Sessions fires back at Trump over recusal: ‘I did my duty & you’re damn fortunate I did” MORE in a 2017 special election after several women accused Moore of making unwanted sexual advances toward them when they were minors and he was in his 30s.
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