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Rodstrom may run for Allen West's seat

The politics blog reported that Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom may jump in to the Congressional 22 race now that Republican Allen West announced that he will run in another district. Redistricting has steered the Broward/Palm Beach district more to the left.

Rodstrom, a 59-year-old Democrat, is term limited out of his county job in November. Rodstrom told Naked Politics this morning that he started to think about running for Congress in earnest during the past couple of weeks as rumors swirled that West was getting out.

If Rodstrom enters the race, that would pose a challenge to the other two Democrats running: businessman Patrick Murphy and former state legislator/West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel. Rodstrom, a Fort Lauderdale resident who works at Sterne Agee brokerage agency, said he has won seven of nine elections -- he lost a race for mayor and state Legislature. As a longtime politician and husband to Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom, Rodstrom would have the ability to raise a lot of money.

Rodstrom said he sees a rare opportunity in running for an open seat

"The opportunity to go to Washington to straighten things out only comes around once in a long long time," Rodstrom said.