STUART, Fla. — If a Treasure Coast congressman were to become the next Veterans Affairs secretary, it would lead to a highly competitive election in a swing district — and possibly with a new party-nominated candidate.
Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) waits for the President Donald Trump address on Feb. 28, 2017, to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol.
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U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, did not say in an email Thursday whether he would accept the Cabinet post if it was offered to him or run for re-election to House District 18, only that “it is an honor to be considered to serve my fellow veterans and their families at the highest possible level.”
His resignation from Congress could change the district’s Republican-leaning rating from nonpartisan political analysts such as InsideElections, Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball.
What might be the options?
Exactly what would happen with the seat representing Martin, St. Lucie and northwestern Palm Beach counties depends on whether Mast was offered and accepted the post before or after the Aug. 28 primary.
Before: No new candidates could enter the race because the state’s ballot qualifying period