It has been seven and a half months since Florida’s Lt. Governor resigned amid an internet gaming controversy. Dozens of names have been speculated about for a replacement, but one name is persistently mentioned.
Florida’s Lt. Governor resigned just days into this past springs legislative session. Rather than replace Jennifer Carroll immediately, Rick Scott said he would wait.
Governor Rick Scott (March 13, 2013), We will not turn our attention to this topic until after this session ends."
Then the final gavel fell on the legislative session. Rick Scott (May 10, 2013), "I'm focused on it right now."
That was the end of it, until now.
It has been seven and a half months since Florida had a Lt. Governor, but there are signs that's about to change."
Like Washington, there are no secrets in the state Capitol. One name, former House Speaker, now State Senate powerhouse. John Thrasher keeps surfacing for the job.
Respected lobbyist Pete Dunbar says the rumors are persistent. "For several months, it doesn't seem to go away. I don't know that anybody knows what exactly the Governor has to do, but in my mind John Thrasher would be a fabulous choice."
We reached Thrasher by phone. While he says he hasn’t spoken to the Governor, he did confirm the number two job came up in a conversation with his Chief of Staff. "He brought up some conversation about it, not in any specific way."
Democratic Political operative Steve Vancore says Thrasher could do the heaving lifting for the Governor’s Office. “Somebody who knows the legislative process, who can work with the members. Nobody knows the process better then John Thrasher."
Until Scott names a replacement, Attorney General Pam Bondi would take over if anything happened to the Governor.
There have been ten Lt. Governors since the post was reauthorized in 1968. Two served briefly as Governor, Wayne Mixson when Bob Graham was elected to the US Senate, and Buddy MacKay, who served three weeks when Lawton Chiles died at the end of his term.