157 Crist appointees weren't confirmed
The 2009 session of the Florida Legislature will adjourn Sine Die on Friday and leave a lot of Gov. Charlie Crist's appointees in limbo -- 157 of them, to be exact. Technically speaking, all of their terms expire as that handkerchief hits the Rotunda's marble floor, and Crist has 45 days to reappoint all of them.
The roll call of unconfirmed appointees includes some well-known names: Peter Boulware and Robert Martinez to the Board of Education; David Taylor, director of the Agency for Enterprise Information Technology (governor and Cabinet appointee); Adele Graham, wife of former Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham, to the Governor's Mansion Commission; and Greg Truax, a Tampa-area Crist campaign worker, to the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority.
This story, like most this session, leads directly to Sen. JD Alexander, the budget chairman who also chairs the Senate Ethics & Elections Committee. Were the appointees held up as a way of gaining leverage with Crist?
"Not really," he said. "I didn't have anybody calling, saying to hold any of these nominees, but I didn't have anybody calling, saying please do these nominees. That kind of struck me as odd and not in the best interest of the state."
"I just took kind of a go slow attitude," Alexander said. "We confirmed every single person that a senator asked to be moved forward, and a couple the governor's office asked to move forward." (Cases in point: Public Service Commissioner Lisa Edgar; DBPR secretary Chuck Drago; Jim DeBeaugrine, Agency for Persons with Disabilities).