Choosing a Lt. Governor

The resignation was terse, two sentences. Following news that Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll and Rick Scott seldom talked, those who served as second fiddle to other Governors say the job can be filled with land mines.

"The Chief of Staff will always feel that it is their first job to drive a wedge between the Governor and Lt. Governor, so they are the person perceived to be the closest," said Brantley.

So Brantley wasn't surprised that the first official statement came from the Chief of Staff.

Florida didn’t have a Lt. Governor for eighty years before 1969. There have been only ten since the job was reinstated. We talked to four, who say being second takes discipline.

"Part of your job is to stay in the background. Part of the job is not be the top name on the marquee, but to help the Governor," said Kottkamp.

Wayne Mixson is one of only two Lt. Governor’s who served two full terms. He made headlines while Governor Bob Graham was out of the country, calling for the repeal of a tax which Graham supported. He still managed to keep the job.

"Well it had to be done at some point. It worked out of course," said Mixon.

Plenty of people are being mentioned as a successor to Jennifer Carroll, and if history is any guide; that person will likely come from the state legislature.

Frank Brogan was the elected Education Commissioner when he was tapped by Jeb Bush. He has this advice for Rick Scott.

"Pick somebody you know, like, and trust," said Brogan.

Rick Scott said Wednesday he would wait until May to name a successor.


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