After being vacant for ten months, Florida has a new Lt. Governor. Former State Representative and Miami Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera took the oath of office at the State Capitol Monday. The job is largely undefined.
Florida went without a Lt. Governor for almost a hundred years. The job was re-created in 1968, On Monday, former State Representative and Miami Dade Property Appraiser took the oath in a private ceremony in the Governor’s office. He becomes the 11th Second in command in modern times. “I just look forward to being a part of the team and helping in any way I can.”
Governor Rick Scott says he is going to do a great job. “Look at all the relationships that he’s had to have to get all of the things he’s gotten done. He ushered in tax reform, he was majority leader, majority whip.”
Lopez-Cantera’s father, Carlos was understandably proud. “ He was a heck of a young man, but look, he turned out great! I’m very proud.”
A private lunch followed at the Governor’s Mansion. Only one Democrat, a Miami Dade State Senator, attended. Lozpez-Cantera was Majority Whip when Adam Hasner’s was majority leader. “Carlos is someone who is fiercely loyal, and also fiercely competitive”.
Jacksonville State Senator John Thrasher was once widely reported to have turned the job down.
“ He’ll be a real asset to the Governor”
Reporter: You didn’t want it, why?”
“I’m happy doing what I’m doing... I’m happy doing what I’m doing.”
Lopez-Cantera is the first Hispanic to hold the job. Lopez-Cantera replaces Jennifer Carroll who resigned in March after being connected to an internet cafe company charged with illegal activity.
Lopez-Cantera replaces Jennifer Carroll who resigned in March after being connected to an internet cafe company charged with illegal activity.