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Dems slam Scott's go-slow approach in LG search

The Florida Democratic Party said Tuesday Gov. Rick Scott is dragging his feet in finding the state’s next lieutenant governor. A day after Scott told reporters that his search will be handled by his chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, Democrats pounced on a phrase he used Monday.

“We’re starting the process now,” Scott told reporters then.

“It is clear now that Rick Scott is running the governor’s office just like he ran his business: with total disregard for the best interests of the people he serves,” Joshua Karp, a spokesman for the Florida Democratic Party, wrote in a Tuesday e-mail to reporters. “Almost 120 days after the resignation of scandal-plagued Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, Rick Scott says he is only now beginning the search for a replacement for Florida’s second-ranking constitutional officer.”

Asked Tuesday if he would consider someone without political experience, Scott said he was open to it.

“Let’s look at the qualifications, let’s find the best person,” Scott said. “That’s what my plan is. We’re going to be doing that. I came from outside politics. I had never run for politics before. I think it’s good to bring people in. It’s good to bring people in with different backgrounds.”

As if to fan wild speculation, Scott then turned to Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, who was attending as part of a ceremonial signing of HB 705, which he sponsored.

“Rep. Workman can say the same thing,” Scott said. “His experience in business -- “

In mock surprise, Workman interrupted.

“Are you announcing it today?” Workman said. “Oh my god! What a team, look, it’s going to be great.”

After both riffed on their matching bald heads, Scott continued with no further mention of Workman, who sponsored a controversial bill (HB 718) this year that would have ended permanent alimony that Scott vetoed.

“But I think it’s helpful to bring people in from different walks of life.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 2:08pm]

    

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