4 hot Florida political rumors heading into a chilly weekend

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With the barometer falling and the temperature dropping, here are four hot rumors to keep you warm in the coming days.

1. It’s not much of a rumor that Gov. Rick Scott will name his re-election campaign manager, Melissa Sellers, as his next chief-of-staff. Heck, the Tampa Bay Times‘ Steve Bousquet reported that earlier this week. But what’s also circulating is that Sellers has already convinced Scott to streamline the Executive Office of the Governor by eliminating all but one of the Deputy Chiefs of Staff positions, which will go to Scott-Sellers loyalist Frank Collins.

2. While Scott is taking care of Sellers, he’s also taking care of Florida GOP chairwoman Leslie Dougher, who is an ally of Sellers. The governor is about to/is working the phones to line up support for Dougher’s re-election as party chair. Will Scott’s backing be enough to placate Sarasota GOP chairman Joe Gruters, who has been eyeing the job for years? ***Update*** Scott this afternoon publicly endorsed Dougher here.

3. In the Florida Senate, the last major announcement left for incoming Senate President Andy Gardiner to make is who will be Appropriations Chairman. All signs point to former Senate President Tom Lee getting the job. But even after the decision is rolled out, the question facing Gardiner about what to give the two contenders for the Senate Presidency in 2015-16, Jack Latvala and Joe Negron, is still unresolved. There aren’t many power positions left to dole out?

4. In the Florida House, look for Democratic state Rep. Dwayne Taylor to abandon his insurrection against incoming Minority Leader Mark Pafford. A statement from Taylor, one that will talk a lot about the word “unity,” could come as early as today.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.