Is CLC the Waldo of Florida politics?

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Lawton had Buddy.

Jeb had Frank Brogan and Toni Jennings.

Charlie had the guy with the mustache.

Each LG, in his or her own right, played a role – many times a significant role – in shaping public policy, in coaxing legislative deals and having a very real job in the process. Heck, Bobby Brantley even served the dual role of being the Lt. Governor and Secretary of the Florida Department of Commerce.

So where does that put the current occupant?

According to Tuesday’s news gaggle, he played no role (none, zippo, nada) in the decision-making that led up to the budget’s face beating. According to his own calendar, he worked only 35 hours in April and under 13 hours in May. And so far this month, he has put in only 8 measly hours.

So where is CLC? And what is he doing?

Isn’t this the guy that Rick Scott said has, “a great legislative background” and his “chief responsibility would be to secure passage of $500 million in fee and tax cuts”?

Cue the crickets.

And it’s not like CLC hasn’t been around or doesn’t know his way around the Capitol. He was, after all, the House Majority Whip and, later, the Majority Leader.

From all accounts – and someone please correct me if I am wrong here – but it looks like our beloved governor has made an otherwise credentialed Number Two the Where’s Waldo of Florida politics.

I think that’s a shame.

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.