Gov. Rick Scott to name tomorrow Carlos Lopez Cantera his new Lt. Governor

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Florida’s long statewide nightmare of – somehow, inexplicably – marching forward without a Lieutenant Governor in place will end on Tuesday.

Gov. Rick Scott will name Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez Cantera, a former state lawmaker, his new LG.

Scott posted a message on his Facebook page saying he will make a “major announcement” regarding the vacant position on Tuesday, notes Gary Fineout of the Associated Press.

That announcement was a fait accompli by Monday morning as the Miami Herald‘s Marc Caputo broke the news that Cantera was at the top of a very short shortlist. (Of course, I am going to toot SaintPetersBlog’s horn for first touting CLC as a possible LG contender in September.)

Certainly, Lopez-Cantera fits the bill for Scott. A telegenic Hispanic with a South Florida political base puts a checkmark in a lot of boxes for Scott.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.