Choosing a Lt. Governor


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Florida hasn’t had a Lt. Governor for three months, but that's nothing new. The state went without a second in command for 80 years prior to the latest constitution. Governor Rick Scott said in early May, that he was focusing on a successor to Jennifer Carroll, who resigned mid controversy on March 13th.

“I'm going to do it in a methodical manner," said Rick Scott.

Now speculation centers on another African American woman, Orange County School Superintendent Barbara Jenkins. Scott singled her out in his State of the State address.

"We need to honor you for your commitment to the teachers in your district and your dedication to student achievement," said Scott.

And Jenkins was at his side as he fought for teacher pay raises.

“I want to commend the governor and the legislature for their work toward teacher pay raises. We are convinced that it is a time to reward our teachers for their hard work and for our great outcomes," said Jenkins.

Frank Brogan left the job of elected Education Commissioner to be Jeb Bush’s number two. He has this advice for Scott.

"Pick somebody you know, like and trust. Those are the three elements I think that are critical to the role of Lt. Governor,” said Brogan.

The Governor's office isn't returning calls about their search for Lt. Governor, but until they name someone it would be the attorney general who would take over if something were to happen to Rick Scott.

Jenkins would take more than a hundred thousand dollar a year pay cut if she took the Lt. Governor’s job. She would also be joining an administration with an uncertain future.

Other contenders include State Representative Gayle Harrell from the east coast, Florida State Senator Anitere Flores from Miami, and State Representative Doug Holder from Sarasota.


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