This morning Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser and Former State Legislator Carlos Lopez-Cantera will be his new number 2 and the next Lieutenant Governor of the Sunshine State. A post that has been empty for almost a year.
Rumors started leaking yesterday, when sources started reporting (that story HERE) that Lopez-Cantera and the Governor had a great relationship and that he was on the top of a short list of contenders.
“Carlos Lopez-Cantera will be a major part of our agenda to build an opportunity economy in Florida,’ he is focused on how we can transform our economy so we aren’t just creating jobs, we are creating careers and opportunities that will be here for our children and our children’s children.” The Governor said in a statement
The Florida Democratic Party and Chairwoman Allison Tant wasted no time slamming the new LG calling him a “poster child of what is wrong with Tallahassee today” and said of Scott’s choice Rick Scott is proving that he is exactly the type of politician he promised he would never be — more interested in scoring political points than commonsense solutions to the problems facing Florida,”
Lopez-Cantera replaces Jennifer Carroll, who was implicated in non-criminal activities with Allied Veterans of the World, an internet cafe operation that ran electronic gambling games that stole millions from veterans and led to the arrest of 60 individuals involved on racketeering and fraud charges. The long absence of an Lieutenant Governor led many to believe if the post was even needed at all.
The new LG will also be Scott’s running mate against his likely opponent, Former Republican turned Democrat and Scott’s predecessor, Charlie Crist. He’ll have to fill the enthusiasm gap that Carroll did so well in filling back in 2010 and bring some energy to the Governor’s sometimes bland delivery.