**UPDATE: Benacquisto announced, her letter to supporters is below**
Florida Senate Republican leader Lizbeth Benacquisto is calling and telling supporters she intends to announce as soon as Monday that she'll run for the congressional seat vacated by Trey Radel after a cocaine scandal.
Benacquisto's announcement should come as no surprise to those who have read this space since November. At the time, there were rumblings about her running for CD-19 -- even if Radel stayed in. After Radel finally quit last week, we were the first to tell you she was DC-bound to talk to Republicans and conservative groups to line up support.
"She's making calls," said a Republican. "A statement should be released Monday."