The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Florida says farewell to Frank Brogan

University system Chancellor Frank Brogan gives a good-bye speech at Gov. Rick Scott's mansion.

Tia Mitchell

University system Chancellor Frank Brogan gives a good-bye speech at Gov. Rick Scott's mansion.

25

September

Before university system Chancellor Frank Brogan steps down at the end of the month, elected officials and educators turned out tonight for a reception in his honor at Gov. Rick Scott's mansion. House Speaker Will Weatherford, Senate President Don Gaetz, over a dozen lawmakers and a handful of university presidents were among the 200 guests who attended.

The speeches were mostly routine stuff. The top elected officials thanked Brogan for his decades-long career in public service. Brogan gave a humble speech about how much he'll miss the state and the people he will leave behind.

The funniest line of the night came from Scott in response to a comment by Gaetz about finally having a lieutenant governor back in the mansion.

"Is John Thrasher here?" Scott quipped, a nod to the rumors that Thrasher will serve as his re-election running mate.

Gaetz was making a joke about the six-months (and counting) vacancy since Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned in March. He was actually referring to Brogan, who served as Gov. Jeb Bush's second-in-command.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:48am]

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...