Is Albritton breathing a sigh of relief?

jdAfter toying with the possibility earlier this year, former state Sen. JD Alexander has nixed a return to the upper chamber, according to a report yesterday in The Ledger.

Alexander, a Lake Wales Republican who served as the powerful budget chief before leaving office in 2012 due to term limits, had considered challenging Rep. Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula, for an open Senate seat being vacated by Sebring Republican Denise Grimsley, who is running for state agriculture commissioner.

Alexander said he ruled out a bid to return to the Senate after considering the impact on his business activities, including running Atlantic Property Co., a real estate investment firm.

“The financial costs of changing focus were too much,” he said. “We have projects right now that are doing well but are works in progress.”

Alexander floated the notion of a Senate re-run after lawmakers contemplated a funding cut to his local state college.

While he’s not a threat to Albritton, Alexander didn’t exactly give the Senate hopeful a glowing endorsement.

“Ben’s not a bad guy,” he told The Ledger. “I just hope he’ll try harder.”

Posted by Lloyd Dunkelberger.