And to cap off the week, Rick Scott does not reappoint Adele Graham to Governor’s Mansion Commission

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To cap-off a week during which the Governor seems determined to upset well-liked, powerful people, Rick Scott has replaced the beloved Adele Graham, wife of former Governor Bob Graham, on the Governor’s Mansion Commission.

Scott announced late Friday that Belle Bear, Carole Smith, and Sam Vickers had been appointed to the Commission. In doing so, Scott has removed Graham and Jane Aurell, daughter of former Governor Leroy Collins.

Bear fills a vacant seat, while Smith, 74, of Tallahassee, succeeds Aurell and is appointed for a term beginning March 28, 2014, and ending September 30, 2017. 

Vickers, 78, of Jacksonville, is the chief executive officer of Design Containers LLC. He succeeds Graham and is appointed for a term beginning March 28, 2014, and ending September 30, 2017.

In 2011, after Graham and Aurell were among the hundreds of appointees Gov.Scott pulled from pending confirmation, Scott’s office made a show of making sure Graham and Aurell’s nominations went forward.

“I’m pleased that Adele Graham and Jane Aurell have been reappointed to the Governor’s Mansion Commission,” First Lady Ann Scott said at the time. “The Governor’s Mansion has such beauty and history. As former residents of the Mansion themselves, I know they will help showcase the People’s House for everyone who visits.”

I guess Ann Scott’s sentiments no longer hold true.

No one — NO ONE — has done more to make the Governor’s Mansion the People’s House than Adele Graham. She deserved to be reappointed to the Mansion Commission every time her term was up.

Sure, sure, this is just about the Governor’s Mansion Commission, but this really is a travesty.




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