Times editorial: Crist shouldn't appoint a lobbyist
... One often-mentioned possibility, Jim Smith, served Florida well as attorney general and secretary of state. Now Smith is a partner in Smith & Ballard, one of the top-grossing lobbying firms in Tallahassee. The firm has dozens of clients, including a variety of health care companies that have an interest in health care reform.
Among its other clients are Florida Power & Light, which has an interest in the energy legislation passed by the House and awaiting Senate action. It's bad enough that lobbyists have so much influence in Tallahassee and Washington without having one occupy one of Florida's U.S. Senate seats. (full editorial here)