BY BUDDY NEVINS
With the popularity of World War Z and The Walking Dead, anything involving zombies is appears to capture the public’s fancy.
But former state Sen. Skip Campbell? Can he climb out of the political graveyard, where he has been buried since 1996?
Campbell told Browardbeat.com that he is looking at running for his old Broward state Senate seat.
“People from Tallahassee have asked me to consider running,” Campbell told Browardbeat.com. “This is because — I hate to say this — they hope I can bring some intellectual weight back to the Senate.”
He says he has talked to many others in Broward, too.
What about his age? A multi-millionaire lawyer who could easily retire if he wants, Campbell will be 68 when he took office in 2016.
“I talked to (State Atty.) Mike Satz about the issue,” Campbell says. “He’s 70. He said, ‘It is not your age, its your mind.'”
Campbell assures me that there is nothing wrong with his mind or body.
“Three years is a long way off. A lot can happen in three years,” Campbell says. “If I still feel I can do the job in a year and a half and I get a good reception, that’s when I would make a decision.”
The seat is now held by state Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Parkland, who is termed out in 2016. State Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek, has been running for that seat for months.
“I’ve been hearing it for a long time that Skip is thinking about it,” Waldman says. “I don’t have a problem with it. I’m not concerned.”
Then Waldman quips: “Of course, I would much prefer he write me a check and endorse me.”
Walter “Skip” Campbell Speaks To State Senate, 2004.
A Campbell campaign would be a struggle. He left the state Senate in 2006 for a losing race for Florida Attorney General.
In 2012, the district changed.
State Senate District 29 now includes Southwest Ranches, Weston, western Sunrise and much of Deerfield Beach, in addition to northwest Broward.
Several pols I talked to believe Campbell is a stalking horse for his law partner Mike Ryan, the Sunrise mayor.
“He’s a place holder for Ryan. He’s making all the old connections. Then he’ll turn the whole thing over to Ryan after Ryan gets re-elected one more time as mayor (of Sunrise),” one longtime Broward pol speculates.
Campbell vehemently denies this:
“It is a totally false rumor. Mike is one of the ones who have encouraged me to look at the race again,” Campbell says.
Ryan also has told me in the past he is not interested in running for state Senate.
Campbell has one more problem if he is a serious candidate. He filed a suit last year as part of the attempt to block Democratic Chair Mitch Ceasar’s re-election.
The suit asked the court to throw roughly 300 activists off the Democratic Executive Committee.
I can’t imagine those folks working for Campbell. Plus Ceasar, who has a notoriously long memory, can be a formidable opponent.
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