Janet Reno near decision on run for governor

Saturday, September 1, 2001

MIAMI -- Wrapping up a summer on the road in Florida, Janet Reno is expected to reach a decision next week on whether to run for governor -- a move that could pit her against the president's brother.

The former attorney general's decisive lead in the polls over other potential Democratic candidates -- plus the bad blood from the election fiasco last year -- could make a matchup with Gov. Jeb Bush the most-watched political contest of 2002.

"I think it would make the Super Bowl look like a preseason game," said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political scientist.

Reno is expected to reach a decision early next week, according to three sources close to Reno.

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