Rick Scott ‘working’ on selection of Lt. Gov.

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After Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned from the lieutenant governor post two months ago, Gov. Rick Scott said he would wait until after the legislative session to select a replacement.

A week after the session concluded, Scott says: “I’m working on that.”

In an interview broadcast Friday on WFLA radio (via the News Service of Florida) in Tampa Scott said he hadn’t made the pick just yet. “I’m going to find somebody that can do a great job and help make sure that we’re the number one state for job creation and the number one state to get an education,” Scott said. C

arroll, who resigned March 12 amid a gambling investigation into a non-profit for which she once did consulting work, has taken a leadership position with Folsom, Calif.-based Global Digital Solutions, which makes military ordnance and grenade launchers.

Asked about Allen West, a Republican from Palm Beach Gardens who lost his bid to remain in Congress last November, Scott replied “He’s a great American and a great patriot, and he’d be a great lieutenant governor.” Other names that have been frequently mentioned as possibilities include former Congresswoman Sandy Adams, Sen. Anitere Flores and Rep. Dana Young. 

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.