Gov. Scott’s jilted reappointments puzzled, annoyed by ousting

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Talking to reporters after the Cabinet meeting Tuesday, Rick Scott refused to get drawn into a discussion on what prompted the decisions on the appointments process, reports Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida.

Some were still not aware Tuesday that they were given the boot — Anthony Clemente, removed from the Board of Pilot Commissioners, was recently out of the country and hadn’t heard until a reporter called him. Clemente said he didn’t know why he was removed, though he noted that his attendance at the board meetings wasn’t perfect.

C.J. Fishman, who was on the Board of Trustees for the State College of Florida-Manatee, wasn’t certain of the reasons for being removed from his post.

“Obviously, there was something, or he would have reappointed me,” Fishman said.

Some appointees did leave voluntarily; according to The News-Press in Naples, Pamella Seay asked to leave her position on the Board of Trustees for Edison State College. And Earl Young of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council said he volunteered to be removed in disgust at the fact that the Senate didn’t confirm the appointments.

“I really resent being used as a political pawn in this game of appointing and reappointing,” he told the News Service.

Carlos Alfonso withdrew his name from consideration last week after realizing that Scott wasn’t going to reappoint him. Others who lost their posts include V. Upender Rao and Edwin Lytton of the Citrus County Hospital Board and John Ottino from the Florida Commission on Community Service.

Jones said he found the way the governor’s office handled the situation curious, especially given the low poll numbers the governor is currently drawing.

“He just has that many less people on his re-election team,” said Jones, who is leaving office due to term limits.

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