Anitere Flores in spotlight with LG opening

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Anyone who paid the least bit of attention to the last election will remember that Hispanics were the golden prize. Republicans all over the country looked at the November results and started thinking about working on their pronunciation of buenos dias and thinking a little more about immigration issues.

So it’s no surprise that with a sudden vacancy in the lieutenant governor’s office and a governor up for re-election who needs a new running mate that the name of Sen. Anitere Flores would suddenly be, as they say in social media, trending.

Flores, R-Miami, was mentioned by several people yesterday as a possible replacement lieutenant governor forJennifer Carroll, who resigned this week amid an investigation into a gambling ring that involved a company she did some work for. Gov. Rick Scott said he won’t pick a new LG until after the legislative session ends in early May, but the Capitol is already buzzing with talk of who might be named. Other names that have come up have included DCF Secretary and fix-it guy David Wilkins, and Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa.

Flores has a reputation as serious and smart, very good on education issues, and isn’t particularly rhetorically strident, meaning she doesn’t come off as a shrill partisan. She has just enough of the Miami-Cuban accent that she’d play very well in that media market, but is young (38 later this year), telegenic and articulate enough that the rest of the state could easily “get” her too.

Via the News Service of Florida.

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