PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe's decision not to seek re-election has received reaction from both his law enforcement allies and also those who were being considered to be McAuliffe's political adversaries.
Prior to McAuliffe's announcement on Tuesday, fellow Democrat and former state Senator Dave Aronberg was already showing interest in running against McAuliffe for the State Attorney post.
Aronberg said McAuliffe's decision was a surprise and also commended the state attorney for his work.
"I've always been interested in that office and I'm going to make an announcement later this week," he said. "I have great respect for all of the people that work in that office."
Aronberg has been serving under Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi - a Republican - as the head of the of state drug task force. He said he would make an announcement about a potential run for the Palm Beach County State Attorney's office in the next several days.