Steve Precourt plays coy, Eric Eisnaugle sounds eager

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Following news that the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority voted 3-2 Tuesday to hire state Representative Steve Precourt as its new executive director, the former Majority Leader of the Florida House played coy, while the former lawmaker who would like to replace him expressed his interest in running in a special election.

“At this time, I remain an active member of the Florida House while my family and I thoughtfully consider the options and our best path forward,” Precourt said in a release. “I will make an announcement regarding my future with the Florida Legislature and this opportunity at the appropriate time.”

Precourt didn’t attend the meeting Tuesday, but he got the job after board members Noranne Downs, Scott Batterson and Marco Pena voted for him.

Those three board members, however, are at the center of a state attorney’s investigation for an alleged Sunshine Law violation. In the end, they all voted for Precourt, even though he does not meet the board’s requirement of running a highway operation for at least eight years.

Meanwhile, Eric Eisnaugle, the former legislator running for PRecourt’s term-limited seat tweeted that he was ready to run if, indeed, Precourt takes the job with the expressway authority.

“I’ve been getting a lot of questions today,” Eisnaugle tweeted. “If there is a special in HD44, I will run.” 

Eisnaugle has already raised more than $173,000 for the November election for HD 44. He is also expected to be a leading contender for Speaker of the House in 2021 were he to be elected.

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