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Mystery website urges Scott to name Anitere Flores chief financial officer

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A privately registered website is urging Gov. Rick Scott to name Sen. Anitere Flores to replace Jeff Atwater when he resigns as the state’s chief financial offer at the end of the coming legislative session.

“Ask Gov. Scott to stand with working class Floridians and appoint Flores as our next CFO!” the site,, urges.

Flores told POLITICO Florida, first to report about the site, that she was surprised by the website and was focused on doing her existing job.

The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers website lists the Flores website’s administrator as private.

Atwater announced on Feb. 10 that he would leave office to become vice president for strategic initiatives and chief financial officer at Florida Atlantic University.

Flores, a Republican from Miami, chairs the Banking & Insurance Committee and is vice chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee. The state CFO regulates insurance agents and, with the governor and rest of the Cabinet, oversees the Office of Insurance Regulation.

“Help Support a Proven Champion!” the website says. “Let Gov. Scott know that we want Flores to keep standing up to special interests like big sugar, monopoly utilities, and the insurance companies as our next CFO!”

The site includes a button to push to send Scott an email, and gives his office telephone number.

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