BY BUDDY NEVINS
Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook is about to open a very early campaign for Florida House.
Brook wants the seat now held by state Rep. Ari Porth, but not until 2012.
The news leaked out when Brook’s office mistakenly sent out an e-mail announcing his campaign kickoff. He later withdrew the note as premature, but said he would send it out again later this month.
Meanwhile, Porth has other things on his mind — a new baby
Gabriel Benjamin, all 7 pounds, 4 ounces of him, arrived yesterday.
Ari is 39 and his wife Tatyana is 32. It is their first child.
Porth called the Speaker of the House today and got permission to be excused for the rest of the week.
Although he has a new reason to want to stay in Broward rather than Tallahassee, Porth says rumors that he will run for judge this year are false.
“I’m definitely not running for judge this year, Porth says. “I’m running for re-election. I still have things I want to get accomplished.
He is paving the way for Brook take over when he hits term limits in two years. Porth introduced Brook around the Capitol during the mayor’s recent visit to Tallahassee.
Porth says when he leaves the House he would “definitely consider running for judge.