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.”