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5 people who could be Florida’s next lieutenant governor



Gov. Rick Scott said he won't start looking for a new lieutenant governor until May, but that doesn't stop Steve Bousquet from guessing who might end up topping Scott's list.

Here are five names on Bousquet's list -- and why they may, or may not be the pick.

State Sen. Anitere Flores
Why she’ll be the pick:
Has an interest education and could help with women and Hispanics.
Why she won’t: Better off staying in the state Senate, where she could serve until 2020.

Miami-Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado
Why she’ll be the pick
: An olive branch to moderate Floridians.
Why she won’t: Supported Alex Sink in 2010. Enough said.

State Rep. Jimmy Patronis
Why he’ll be the pick: Affable, and an early and loyal Scott supporter.
Why he won’t
: A white male from the Panhandle? If Scott needs help there, he’s already lost.

State Rep. Dana Young
Why she’ll be the pick: An outsider who has been in Tallahassee for three years, Young could park herself along the I-4 corridor.
Why she won’t: Has promising future in House and Senate and may not want to tie herself to Scott’s shaky fortunes

State Rep. Doug Holder
Why he’ll be the pick: Term-limited out of the House and no clear path to the Senate in sight.
Why he won’t: Too obscure and no obvious connection to public education.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:06pm]


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