On Monday, the Miami Herald‘s Mary Ellen Klas boldly predicted on Twitter that state Senator John Thrasher would be tapped by Governor Rick Scott to be his new Lieutenant Governor … before the governor leaves this weekend on a trade mission to Japan. At the time, I agreed with Klas’ prediction and still believe Thrasher will, eventually, be the next LG.
For the moment though, it looks like Klas’ prediction was off, begging the question whether Klas, the Times‘ Steve Bousquet, myself, and others have ginned up Thrasher to be something he’s not.
The Tallahassee Democrat’s Bill Cotterell suggested today, while not entirely pooh-poohing the Thrasher rumors, that Scott should:
“…Leave the job vacant and tell everybody he is saving staff salaries and symbolically reducing top-heavy bureaucracy. Pick a running mate upon qualifying next year, someone who would not be lieutenant governor at that time but would fill the line on the ballot and serve if necessary.
“Meanwhile, during the 2014 session, Scott could call for a constitutional amendment abolishing the job, which could not be effective until January of 2019. If the amendment got the required 60 percent of the vote — which it would — and if Scott and his running mate won, the lieutenant governor-elect could assume the office and resign, keeping a campaign promise they would have made as a show of no-nonsense, conservative business sense.”
If, by a remote possibility, Scott takes Cotterell’s advice, even this frequent critic of the governor would not protest.
Meanwhile, Scott still has about 36 hours to make Klas look like a genius.