Rick Scott's unprecedented rejections of Florida Bar picks
Gov. Rick Scott, seeking to bring the court system more in line with his conservative outlook, has repeatedly rejected lists recommended to him by the Florida Bar of lawyers seeking to screen candidates for judgeships.
Scott has rejected dozens of attorneys the Bar has nominated to serve on judicial nominating commissions, created decades ago to professionalize the bench and make merit and qualifications at least as important as political connections.
"He wants people with humility," says Scott's chief counsel, Pete Antonacci, "and he wants judges who will follow the law and not make it up as they go along."
The Bar said Scott's two predecessors, Charlie Crist and Jeb Bush, never rejected any of its nominees.