Senate confirms dozens of Scott appointees, but not Armstrong
A unanimous Florida Senate confirmed dozens of Gov. Rick Scott's appointees to state and local boards and commissions Tuesday, but the name of Surgeon General John Armstrong was conspicuously absent from the list.
Armstrong can't clear the 10-member Senate Ethics & Elections Committee, and Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, said he's still "reflecting" on whether to use Senate procedures to attempt to salvage Armstrong's political career by bringing him to the full Senate for a floor vote in the final week of the session.
As the first group of appointees were brought forward, Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, sought an assurance from Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, that the Senate was being asked to confirm "only local appointments." Flores' opposition to Armstrong is the main reason why the state's top health appointee is on the verge of losing his job.
The Senate did confirm Department of Economic Opportunity executive director Cissy Proctor and Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie, as well as appointees to college and university boards of trustees, Board of Education and Florida Transportation Commission.