Bousquet: Time is on Scott’s side in LG search

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The Tampa Bay Times reports that Gov. Rick Scott “appears to be in no rush” to appoint a new Lieutenant Governor.

However, for the next LG, the clock seems to be Scott’s friend.

By Florida law, Scott has until Sept. 4, 2014 to choose a running mate. According to regulations, he needs to decide by “no later than 5 p.m. of the 9th day following the primary election, each candidate for governor shall designate a lieutenant governor as a running mate.” The 2014 primary is Aug. 26.

Orange County School Board attorney Diego “Woody” Rodriguez tells the Times that his interpretation of the law is the qualifying deadline for a candidate for lieutenant governor will be 5 p.m. Sept. 4, 2014. This is when the running mate must file the oath of office, financial disclosures and other required forms.

Orange County School Superintendent Barbara Jenkins is seen as a possible running mate for Scott.  This means registered Democrat would have until Sept. 4 of this year to change party affiliation, in compliance with a 2011 law. The law, signed by Scott, requires “the person has not been a registered member of any other political party for 365 days before the beginning of qualifying preceding the general election.” 

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.