Florida Republicans are trying to draft Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf to run for the U.S. Senate against Democratic incumbent Bob Graham.

Former state GOP chairman Henry Sayler and St. Petersburg businessman Jack Latvala are behind the drive to bring the commander of the allied forces in the Persian Gulf war into the race. They mailed thousands of announcements to Florida Republicans this week."The people who know him feel he's a good Republican on all the issues," state GOP chairman Van Poole said. "His friends in the Tampa Bay area are very excited about us trying to talk him into it. He'd be a breath of fresh air in the U.S. Senate if he decided to run."