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Team Scott unfazed by lawsuit over delay in naming a new LG



It doesn't appear that they're losing any sleep in the governor's office over the lawsuit that seeks to force Gov. Rick Scott to appoint a lieutenant governor. The lawsuit, filed earlier this week by Democratic activist Barbara Devane, asks the Florida Supreme Court to compel Scott to make the appointment, arguing that the governor must fill the position "upon (a) vacancy."

That was a long time ago. Next Sunday, Jan. 12, will mark 10 months since former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned her post.

Scott's chief counsel, Pete Antonacci, said that because Devane's lawsuit is a mandamus proceeding, the governor is not required to file any legal response, putting the ball firmly in the court of the seven justices.

"Nothing is required of us until the court acts," Antonacci said. "If the court acts and it requires a response, we will respond."

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:36pm]


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