Republicans political operatives love Bud Chiles and they may put some money behind him.
They see the independent candidate as a threat to soon-to-be Democratic nominee for Florida governor - Alex Sink.
The new Qunnipiac University poll shows Chiles hovering at only 12 percent in the polls, with 9 percent coming from Democrats, 8 percent from Republicans and 20 percent from independents.
A top Republican told Crowley Political Report that there is talk about creating an "Isn't Chiles Swell" type campaign organization to funnel money for ads encouraging voters to support Chiles.
They believe the more votes they can drive to Chiles, the more votes they can take away from Sink.