Bob Graham's daughter may run for Congress

Published On: Mar 06 2013 08:53:24 AM EST   Updated On: Mar 06 2013 09:00:12 AM EST
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham confirmed Tuesday that his daughter Gwen is thinking about running for Congress against Republican Rep. Steve Southerland, but said she had not yet made up her mind whether to get in the race for the district centered on Tallahassee.

"I believe in good people in politics, and I know that she'd be an outstanding member of Congress," Graham told reporters after Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State address. "And she's getting prepared to make a decision on that."

The elder Graham said Gwen Graham is still considering how she would organize her campaign if she decided to make a bid.

"My advice would be to be very thoughtful," Bob Graham said. "It's a very demanding undertaking to be a candidate, and even more so to be an officeholder."

Democrats tried unsuccessfully to unseat Southerland, first elected in 2010, in the 2nd Congressional District last year, but he beat former state Sen. Al Lawson by 5.5 points.