There have long been rumors that state Senator Paula Dockery would challenge AG Bill McCollum for the Republican nomination for Governor. The Ledger, Dockery's hometown newspaper in Lakeland, is reporting that "multiple Republicans sources," say she will enter the race for governor next week.
Dockery was elected to the state House in 1996 and to the state Senate in 2002. She is known has a moderate Republican and led the charge last year to kill the commuter rail deal that would have gone across the I-4 corridor.
Republican primaries for statewide races have been heating up lately. Marco Rubio is making ground in his primary battle against Charlie Crist for the US Senate. Holly Benson, former state representative, just announced she will run against Lt. Governor Jeff Kottcamp, for the Republican nomination in the Attorney General's race. (Too bad neither can beat Equality Florida endorsed candidate Dan Gelber
If Dockery does enter the race, there is the possibility that both major parties will nominate women for the governor's office, the first time in state history. (Democrats are likely going to endorse current Florida CFO Alex Sink.)