Will someone with education ties become Florida's next lieutenant governor?
With Jennifer Carroll out, Gov. Rick Scott has the opportunity to pick a new lieutenant to help him lead.
The handicapping has already begun. And several names with connections to Florida education have popped up.
Among them are K-12 chancellor Pam Stewart, state Sen. Anitere Flores (who runs a private collegiate school with ties to charter firm Academica), and Miami-Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado.
Scott lately has made education one of his priorities, pledging $2,500 teacher raises as a key piece of his budget proposal. So getting someone on board who's liked in the education community could help him.
But he's also unpopular, trailing former governor Charlie Crist in polls by double digits, which could make attracting that kind of person to his side all the more difficult.
Scott has said he won't pick anyone until after the legislative session ends in May. That gives him time to work the room, as it were, and find the person who fits for him and wants the job, as well. Stay tuned.