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Romano: The 22 seconds of silence heard 'round Florida



Call it hubris by the governor. Call it a revolt by the Cabinet.

Or just call it an enlightening 22 seconds of silence in the Capitol.

In a second attempt at hiring a state insurance commissioner, the Cabinet listened to four candidates speak for a little more than an hour on Tuesday.

When the interviews were wrapped up, Gov. Rick Scott took a few moments to thank all of the candidates, and then immediately launched into a prepared statement that nominated Jeffrey Bragg for the post.

"Is there a second?'' Scott asked the other three Cabinet members.

1, 2, 3 ...

Scott turns to his left to look at Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater who, like the governor, has to affirm the selection of a new insurance boss. Atwater, avoiding eye contact, looks straight ahead.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 6:08pm]


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