Mike Haridopolos is helping vet Rick Scott’s possible LG choices

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Call it the revenge of The Haridopolos.

What else to describe news that former Senate President Mike Haridopolos is in on the internal selection committee charged with finding a new Lieutenant Governor for Rick Scott.

At least, that’s what Jeff Henderson of Sunshine State News is reporting:

“(I)n recent weeks, Haridopolos has reminded Florida he can remain a major political player. Haridopolos’ Senate campaign still has $1.3 million in the bank. Reports came out on Monday that, in the second quarter of 2013, Haridopolos’ Senate campaign sent $25,000 to a group helping Scott’s re-election bid.

“Besides helping Scott in 2014, Haridopolos is also a key player on the governor’s team when it comes to finding a new lieutenant governor. Haridopolos is helping with the vetting process. Since Jennifer Carroll resigned the position in March, while there have been some names thrown around by the media, Haridopolos and the other members of Scott’s team have shown a good deal of discipline in finding a replacement and not leaking names and short lists to the media. Haridopolos knows a little bit about the process from personal experience. Back in 2006, he was on the short list to be Charlie Crist’s running mate but Jeff Kottkamp was selected.”

This is almost shocking news considering the legacy Haridopolos left as Senate President. One could argue he was the least effective SP of the modern Republican era. Certainly he deserves the blame for the meltdown of the 2011 legislative session.

Yet, here Haridopolos is now, defying Fitzgerald’s precept that there are no second acts in our lives.

Good for you, Mike.

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