47 would-be utility regulators
Florida Public Service Commissioner Lisa Polak Edgar re-applied for her job Monday and had lots of company, as 46 others also applied for one of the five seats on the state's powerful utility regulatory body. So who has the juice to land this $133,000-a-year job? We'll find out in a few months.
Applicants include former state Rep. Luis Rojas of Hialeah, a Republican who is a registered lobbyist for Wal-Mart, Florida Crystals Corp. (sugar) and Hartman & Tyner (pari-mutuels), among others. At least three former PSC finalists are back in the hunt: Manuel Arisso, Michael Palecki and Jeremy Susac. A PSC nominating council made up of lawmakers and lay citizens will recommend three finalists to Gov. Charlie Crist for a four-year term.
Edgar, a former state environmental policy official, was appointed to the PSC by former Gov. Jeb Bush in 2004.