Gov. Scott in no rush to replace lame-duck ethics panel members
Gov. Rick Scott is taking his sweet time appointing new members to the Florida Commission on Ethics whose terms ended four months ago. Could it be that the Republican governor can't decide which Democrat(s) to choose?
The ethics panel has nine members, five of whom are appointed by Scott. No more than three of the five can be members of the same political party. The terms of four members expired June 15 but they continue to serve and will hold their next meeting Friday. They are Republicans Martin Ford and Linda Robison and Democrats Susan Maurer and Stanley Weston. Weston is eligible for reappointment but the others are termed out and must be replaced.
Some people sent in applications months ago. They include former state Rep. Norm Ostrau, a Democrat who chaired the House Ethics & Elections Committee and who previously served on the commission; Fort Lauderdale lawyer Barbara Stern, a former Florida Elections Commission member and a Democrat who listed Scott's close friend, lobbyist, Bill Rubin, as a reference: Republican Randy Wiseman of Mount Dora, a former Lake County school board member who listed Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater as a reference; and Republican Dennis Warren, a retired head of the internal affairs unit in the Orange County sheriff's office.
"Our office is in the process of reviewing applications and we look forward to making a decision soon," Scott's office says.