John Thrasher for LG?

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… at least that’s what Adam Smith and Steve Bousquet think, writing in Sunday’s edition of the Tampa Bay Times:

If we had to put money on anyone to become Rick Scott’s next lieutenant governor, it would be the conservative state senator, a former House speaker. With Scott’s chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, personally handling the selection, a trusted and sharp ally from the Jacksonville area might be just the ticket.”

Thrasher as LG makes sense in light of Hollingsworth’s recent comments that whoever is chosen should be “a steward of the governor’s vision and character.”

Hollingsworth said there’s no timetable for a decision. “There’s no reason to set a deadline,” he said. “We’re going to take the right time to pick the right person.”

He says the search will focus on finding someone who has “the same policy mind-set as the governor, has the same vision for moving Florida forward, and would do it with an integrity that is consistent with the governor’s character.” He insists there’s no “short list” of potential picks and declined to get into a discussion of names.

Another plus in his favor is that Thrasher would have no trouble going after Charlie Crist on the campaign trail. Heck, he’d relish the opportunity.

Don’t know if Thrasher leaving the Senate impacts the Latvala vs. Negron race for Senate President…

Don’t know who is in line to run for Thrasher’s seat if there is a special election?

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