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A job for LeRoy Collins Jr.?



Gov.-elect Charlie Crist is expected to announce another round of agency chiefs on Thursday in Tallahassee. Here's an intriguing name that's in the mix: LeRoy Collins Jr., son of the former governor, is a possibility to run Florida's Department of Veterans Affairs.

That's one of the smallest agencies in the governor's orbit. On paper, Collins looks more than qualified as a graduate of Annapolis who retired as a two-star admiral after 34 years in the Navy and naval reserves (he also is a former Florida Power & Light executive).

"I'm very anxious to do that," said Collins, 71, of Tampa, who met with Crist last week. "I understand the history of the role of veterans in this state."

Collins took on Katherine Harris in 2006, calling her a "defective candidate" for U.S. Senate, but finished a distant third with 15 percent of the vote. His father, a Democrat, was governor from 1955-1960, and is widely considered Florida's greatest governor.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:24pm]


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