Fla. Gov. Rick Scott considers 4 choices for lieutenant governor

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Gov. Rick Scott has reportedly narrowed down the selection for lieutenant governor to four names, according to the Herald/Times.

Three men and one woman are allegedly on Scott’s short list to replace former Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll who resigned in March.

According to the Miami Herald, Scott is considering Republicans Tom Lee, Sandy Murman, Don Eslinger and Joseph Joyner:

Lee, 51, a former Senate president who aspires to hold that job again, is a seasoned lawmaker and capable fundraiser with a pro-business voting record. He lost his only statewide race to Alex Sink for chief financial officer in 2006. Lee could smooth out the rough patches between Scott and the Legislature.

Murman, 63, is a former Democrat who served in the state House from 1996 to 2004 and is known for her advocacy of children. Elected county commissioner as a Republican in 2010, she has been seen at Scott events in Tampa, including his grass roots visit to Arco-Iris, a West Tampa restaurant, in September.

Eslinger, 56, has held office since 1991 as a media-savvy sheriff of a county in the heart of the I-4 corridor. His agency led a prolonged criminal investigation of Internet cafes that led to the conviction last month of a Jacksonville lawyer who ran veterans’ charities as fronts for illegal gambling, and Scott signed a law outlawing Internet cafes last spring.

Joyner, 58, of St. Augustine, is the most obscure member on the short list. He has been the appointed superintendent of St. Johns County schools since 2003. Joyner has been supportive of the Common Core standards that Scott has distanced himself from, and St. Johns’ students have had the highest FCAT scores in the state for the past five years.


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