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Gov. Scott names a new top lobbyist in office



More changes in Gov. Rick Scott's office.

Jon Costello will be the new legislative affairs director and replace Hayden Dempsey, who said he's not decided on his next job. As a parting gift, Scott appointed Dempsey to the Enterprise Florida board, which includes other Scott allies Chris Kise and Adam Hollingsworth. (Profile of Dempsey here.)

Costello, along with Angela Peterson, worked under Dempsey for the first session. Costello helped with Scott's campaign for governor and previously was a lobbyist in Tallahassee. Some of his clients included HCA, Kraft Foods Global, MillerCoors, LLC, St. Petersburg Kennel Club, T-Mobile and the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association.

Costello, 29, will keep his $110,000 salary.

Here's the release from Scott's office:

Hayden Dempsey to Leave Governor’s Staff, to Be Appointed to Enterprise Florida Board
Jon Costello to Assume Duties

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the resignation of Hayden Dempsey from the Office of the Governor.  A copy of Dempsey’s letter of resignation is available here.  His resignation is effective August 12, 2011.

Dempsey served as Special Counsel to the Governor where he oversaw legislative affairs and assisted in policy development.   Dempsey was instrumental in securing passage of Governor Scott’s legislative priorities, including economic development, historic education reform, landmark Medicaid reform, and pension changes, among other legislative accomplishments.

"This legislative session,  my administration made good on the promises I made to Floridians to create jobs, build a world class education system, and reduce taxes and government spending,” said Governor Scott.  “Hayden was instrumental in helping me achieve these goals during an extraordinarily successful legislative session."

Although he will no longer be working directly for this office, Governor Scott has asked Dempsey to continue assisting the administration by serving as his representative on the board of Enterprise Florida Inc., Florida’s official economic development organization.  “Job creation and economic development are my number one priorities, and I am pleased that Hayden has agreed to continue helping me to achieve those goals,” said Governor Scott.

"It has been an honor serving Governor Scott and the citizens of the State of Florida," said Dempsey.  "Governor Scott's unrelenting focus on job creation, economic development, education, and reducing government spending will continue to make Florida the leading state in the Union in which to work and live."

Legislative Affairs Director Jon Costello will assume Dempsey’s role in implementing Governor Scott’s legislative agenda.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 5:28pm]


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