Hulk Hogan v. Scott: “Flat-out no” … for now

Clearwater resident Terry Bollea, better known as the retired professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, is already playing the politician.

Asked by celebrity media outlet TMZ if he will enter the U.S. Senate contest possibly take on Gov. Rick Scott, he gave the “no at this time” reply.

“Right now, this moment, it’s a flat-out no,” said Bollea, adding that he’d run as a Republican despite once supporting President Barack Obama, said. When prodded if he’d ever change his mind, Bollea added, “I’m saying no in this moment.”

The contest is being pushed by prominent Republican strategist Roger Stone.

Bollea said he “doesn’t want to run,” that he has a great life on the beach, but has been fielding calls about running for governor, U.S. senate and mayor.

Pointing to President Donald Trump’s success and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, another retired wrestler, Bollea predicted he’d win any contest.

“In the state of Florida, I got a feeling it wouldn’t be that hard,” he said.

By Jim Turner