Isn’t it bad form for Rick Scott to name his new LG at same time of his DCF budget announcement?

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Reviewing Governor Rick Scott’s schedule for today shows that he will be making a budget announcement concerning the Department of Children and Families at 9:30 a.m.

But isn’t that the same time as the planned reveal of Scott’s selection of Carlos Lopez-Cantera as his new Lieutenant Governor?

Isn’t that kinda bad form? I mean, it wasn’t exactly a banner year for DCF in 2013. Doesn’t the department deserve Scott’s full attention, if but for a moment?

Scott is suppose to announce today a plan to spend millions in order to hire more than 400 additional investigators in the coming year. This comes in reaction to a string of abuse-related deaths of children under DCF supervision.

“While DCF has made significant changes to protect children, we still have much to do to protect the most vulnerable among us,” Scott said in a statement. “Even one child’s death is a death too many.”

For once, I completely agree with Governor Scott. But I don’t understand why he would distract from his plan by concurrently revealing his new LG. 

Or vice versa.

Why take away from the pop expected from adding Lopez-Cantera to the administration by scheduling the roll-out at the same time as a budget announcement?

What am I missing here?



Why distract

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