What Florida leaders are saying about Rick Scott’s choice for lieutenant governor


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Florida leaders were quick to release statements applauding Governor Scott’s appointment of Carlos Lopez-Cantera as Lieutenant Governor.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush: “I know how important it is to choose a Lieutenant Governor who shares your vision for improving Florida and reforming government. Governor Scott’s selection of Carlos Lopez-Cantera is a great pick for Floridians. I applaud Governor Scott on his choice and wish my friend Carlos the best of luck as he continues to serve the people of Florida in this exciting new position.”

Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator from Florida: “Carlos is a great friend and a phenomenal choice to be Florida’s lieutenant governor. I’ve known Carlos for three decades and have cherished his friendship and wise counsel. Throughout his service in the Florida House, he was an indispensable player in advancing a conservative agenda and fighting Charlie Crist’s job-killing policies. Rick Scott has made a great decision for Florida and is lucky to have Carlos on his team.”

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen:  “Carlos will be an effective Lieutenant Governor and a tremendous leader for the State of Florida. His service in the Florida House was marked by dedication to his community and working to get results for all Floridians. As Property Appraiser, he has streamlined local government and made his office more responsive and accessible for all. Carlos is a great friend and is a valuable addition to Team Florida.”

Congressman Mario Diaz Balart :  “Governor Scott made a wise choice today. Carlos Lopez-Cantera brings a record of integrity, principled leadership and a wide breath of experience to the job of Lieutenant Governor. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has made our community proud and will make the whole state proud.”

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam:  “Governor Scott made a solid choice in appointing Carlos Lopez-Cantera as his Lieutenant Governor. As a state legislator, he was a driving force in reducing taxes on businesses and consumers. He was a principled conservative who served Florida well during some of the greatest challenges our state has faced. Carlos Lopez-Cantera is an outstanding leader in our state who will bring energy, passion and wise counsel to the Governor’s office.”

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater:  “This is a great day for the people of Florida who are getting a tremendous leader and generous public servant as their next Lieutenant Governor. Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s proven commitment to excellence both as a business owner and dedicated public servant make him an excellent choice to support Governor Scott’s vision for our state. I look forward to working with Governor Scott and Lieutenant Governor Lopez-Cantera as we continue to make Florida the best state in the country to live.”

Dean Cannon, former Speaker of the Florida House:  “Carlos Lopez-Cantera is an outstanding choice to be Florida’s Lieutenant Governor. Having served with him for eight years in the Florida House, including his time as Majority Leader, he is both a colleague and friend, and I know first-hand the type of leader Carlos is. His honesty, intelligence, and loyalty make him the perfect choice to serve alongside Governor Scott. The people of Florida will be well served with Carlos as their Lieutenant Governor.”

Senate President Don Gaetz:  “Carlos Lopez-Cantera is a passionate conservative and a dedicated family man who will serve the State of Florida and the Governor with honor and integrity. He is a well-respected leader who maintains strong relationships with the business community, local and community leaders, legislators and constituents. I have no doubt his breadth of legislative experience will help Governor Scott move his priorities forward. I look forward to working with our new Lt. Governor and with Governor Scott during the 2014 Legislative Session as we strive to reduce the burden of taxes and fees facing Florida’s families.”

House Speaker Will Weatherford:  “I am confident that as Florida’s new Lieutenant Governor, Carlos Lopez-Cantera will have the same commitment to serve Florida families that he did as a leader in the Florida legislature when he championed key reforms. I applaud Governor Scott in his choice of Carlos, and look forward to working with the Governor and Lieutenant Governor as we continue to work toward ensuring every Floridian has the opportunity to succeed.”

Senator and President-Designate Andy Gardiner: “As we approach the 2014 legislative session, I look forward to working with Governor Scott and Lieutenant Governor Cantera as we focus on economic development, providing our children with a great education, and keeping Florida the best state in the country to call home.”

Representative and Speaker-Designate Steve Crisafulli:  “Governor Scott made a great choice by selecting Carlos Lopez-Cantera as Florida’s next Lieutenant Governor. Carlos has proven to be a tireless advocate for the families of our state, and I know that he will be a valuable asset to the citizens of Florida.”

Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto :  “I congratulate Carlos Lopez-Cantera on being appointed Lt. Governor. As the House Majority Leader, he demonstrated strong leadership and unwavering resolve, and his efforts to provide meaningful property tax relief clearly showed his immense dedication to the hardworking people who call Florida home. A considerable amount of work lies ahead for our state, but I am confident Lt. Governor Lopez-Cantera and Governor Scott will work diligently as a team to forge ahead as Florida continues on the path to recovery.”

Senator Tom Lee, Senate Majority Whip: “Governor Scott deserves credit for taking the time necessary to find the best person to be our next Lieutenant Governor. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has a record of service to Florida and I am sure he will continue to serve with integrity in his new position as he supports Governor Scott in creating jobs and opportunities for businesses.”

Senator John Thrasher: “Carlos Lopez Cantera will make a fine Lieutenant Governor. I am confident Governor Scott found the right person to help advance Florida’s economic momentum, and ensure that all Florida students can get a great education. I look forward to working with Governor Scott and Lieutenant Governor Cantera during the upcoming legislative session, and throughout the year, and we continue to make Florida the best state in the nation to live and raise a family.”

Senator Jack Latvala :  “Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Governor Scott are going to make a great team in finding more ways to help Floridians. Carlos has served his constituents well in previous leadership positions. I look forward to seeing what ideas he brings to the table in the coming months and look forward to working together.”

Senator Joe Negron: “I applaud Governor Scott in his selection of Carlos Lopez Cantera to be Florida’s next Lieutenant Governor. Throughout his career, Carlos has proven to be a great leader and public servant for Florida families. I look forward to working with Lieutenant Governor Cantera, and Governor Scott in the upcoming legislative as we continue to focus on creating jobs and opportunities for Floridians.”

Senator Anitere Flores:  “Governor Scott has made a great selection for Lieutenant Governor with Carlos Lopez-Cantera. Carlos will be effective as a liaison to local government officials and will help create more ideas about how to cut taxes for families throughout the state. I look forward to working with him.”

Senator Rene Garcia:  “I was pleased to learn Governor Scott selected Carlos Lopez-Cantera, a well-respected, public servant, as our next Lieutenant Governor. Carlos will help advance Governor Scott’s job creating agenda and I look forward to working with them both during the upcoming session.”

Press Release from the office of Rick Scott


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