Others who may throw their hat in the ring are Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, former St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker, state Senator Jeff Brandis, County Commissioner Karen Seel, Bill Young II, former Pinellas Commissioner Neil Brickfield, state Senator Jeff Brandis and Bill Young's wife Beverly.
St. Petersburg, Florida -- Within hours of Democrat Alex Sink announcing that she'd be running for Bill Young's seat in Congress, Republicans were calling her a cheat, a failure and someone who can't be trusted. An indication the District 13 race could get very nasty.
"As Charlie Crist's first mate in state government, the Crist-Sink team saddled Florida with $5.2 billion in debt. Why would we trust her with taxpayer dollars in Congress?" said Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry in a release sent out to the media less than two hours after Sink announced she was jumping in the race.
"How can Florida families trust Alex Sink in Washington when she wasted their money at home with no remorse? After wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars as the Chief Financial Officer for Florida through risky investments and losing billions through Florida's state pension fund, it's clear that Sink has no problem hurting Florida seniors and families. The truth of the matter is, Floridians can't trust Alex Sink's poor judgment in Congress," added National Republican Congressional Committee Spokeswoman Katie Prill in another release sent out to reporters.
In fact, the NRCC launched a new website and targeted search ads against Sink on Wednesday
"I call it 'the Republican mean machine' and they did it to me in the Governor's race, they'll try it this time and you know what Preston, that's the reason I'm going to Washington because I think people are sick and tired of this finger pointing and back and forth negativity. They're tired of it," responded Sink.
In the meantime, while Sink joins fellow Democrat Jessica Ehrlich as the only announced candidates in the Congressional race, the Republican side is still unclear.
Young's son, Bill Young II, told 10 News on Wednesday that he's seriously considering a run and hopes to make a decision soon.
Former Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard saying he too is still considering a run and will decide by next week.
But the first major domino to fall on the Republican side could be former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker says political consultant and blogger Peter Schorsch.
"I think the Republican field is going to clear up as soon as Rick Baker makes his decision, which is eminent from what I'm told," Schorsch said.
"I think as soon as he makes his decision, you'll see two or three candidates throw their hats in. I think what's going to happen, though, is people are going to start to think well hey wait a second if those guys are in why don't I jump in."
Schorch, who runs SaintPetersBlog.com says don't be surprised if there end up being five, six or even seven Republican candidates in the race.
Among the names still being mentioned are Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, former Pinellas County Commissioner Neil Brickfield, current County Commissioner Karen Seel, Young's wife Beverly, Young's personal attorney David Jolly and state Senator Jeff Brandis who says he's not running but some say he might reconsider.
Governor Rick Scott on Wednesday also set the special election for District 13; the primary will be Jan. 14 and the general election will be March 11.