Could State Attorney Dave Aronberg challenge Rep. Brian Mast?

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, left, and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City.

When Democrat Dave Aronberg was a state Senator in 2009, some Dems tried to recruit him to run for a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional seat then held by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney. Aronberg declined and ran unsuccessfully for Florida attorney general in 2010.

In 2015, when U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, announced he was leaving his seat to run for U.S. Senate in 2016, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee talked to State Attorney Aronberg about running. Aronberg declined again and instead ran for a second term in 2016, ultimately winning without opposition.

Democrat Pam Keith has announced she’s running for Mast’s seat in 2018.

Now Aronberg’s name is getting some mention as a potential challenger to freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City.

The DCCC says it conducted a poll pitting Mast against a specific Democratic challenger — it won’t say whether Aronberg is the Dem in the survey — and found Mast trailing by 3 points in a district┬áMast won by 10.5 points in November.

Click here to read reporter Wayne Washington’s story about Democratic hopes for Mast’s seat and what Aronberg is saying about the race.

Another Democrat, Pam Keith, has already announced she’s running for Mast’s District 18 seat.

Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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