In addition to Pam Bondi (yes, Bondi), Palm Beach County Mayor Steve Abrams and former U.S. Senator George LeMieux, indicted Sweetwater Mayor Manuel “Manny” Marono was on the proverbial short list to be Rick Scott’s next Lieutenant Governor, according to a well-connected source (connected enough to help me scoop that Tony Bennett was resigning).
Hard to believe that Scott was considering someone who turned out be involved in a bribery-and-kickback scheme, right?
Marono was a high-profile supporter of Scott. According to the Miami Herald, Marono threw his support behind Scott during his gubernatorial campaign, and Scott later asked him to be part of his transition team.
Scott visited Sweetwater to swear Maroño in when he was reelected after running for mayor unopposed in 2011.