July 24, 2011

‘Modern Family’ Star’s Beau Weighing Florida Senate Race

Nick Loeb, boyfriend of
actress Sofia Vergara
By Joshua Miller, Roll Call: There might be a dose of Teddy Roosevelt Republicanism coupled with Hollywood glamour coming to the Florida Senate race soon.

Businessman Nick Loeb — the boyfriend of “Modern Family” Emmy-nominated actress Sofia Vergara — told Roll Call on Friday he was “even more seriously” considering entering the crowded GOP field after Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos abruptly dropped out of the race to take on Sen. Bill Nelson (D).

Loeb, who abandoned a 2009 bid for Florida state Senate to deal with a divorce, said he would make a decision about a Senate run by the end of September.

In an interview, the south Florida businessman, the wealthy son of former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark John Loeb, described himself as “moderate on some issues and very conservative on others.”

Loeb owns an environmental consulting firm and said being pro-environment was not at odds with his conservatism or Republicanism. “I believe in conservation, which is, at its root from being a conservative, as a Teddy Roosevelt Republican. I believe it’s a national security issue, having fresh air and clean water.”

Asked if he would be willing to put some of his own money in the race if he decided to get in, he said, “of course, you’re going to have to.”

Despite Loeb's potential to be a self-funder, Republicans aren't likely to take his candidacy very seriously. . . . [Full Story ]

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