Governor Scott Fills LG Vacancy
Governor Scott has filled a 10-month vacancy in the Lieutenant Governor position by naming Carlos Lopez-Cantera to the post. Lopez-Cantera previously served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives and was the Republican majority leader. Since leaving the House, Lopez-Cantera has been the Miami-Dade County property appraiser.
The Lieutentant Governor position has been vacant since Jennifer Carroll resigned about ten months ago. She resigned when questions arose about consulting work she had previously done for a charitable organization that became linked to illegal gambling, particularly with the so-called Internet cafes.
Governor Scott is running for reelection this fall against former Governor Charlie Crist. When first elected a little over three years ago, Scott pointed out that he was a career businessman and a political outsider. By adding Lopez-Cantera to his team, Scott increases his administration’s experience in legislative affairs. This is important to the Governor heading into the 2014 legislative session, in which one of his primary objectives is to secure $500 million in tax and fee reductions.