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What about Weatherford for LG?



So the governor's office has released a shortlist of four names for lieutenant governor, two people instantly declined and, while speculation is heavy that the favorite is state Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, it still looks like a bit of a long-shot.

What about a fifth name that may be the real candidate: House Speaker Will Weatherford?

The talk supporting Weatherford is worth considering: He's young, telegenic, was featured as a rising star by the American Conservative Union, and is the son-in-law of one of Florida's most-respected Republicans, former House Speaker Alan Bense. Plus, he's a favorite son of the Tampa Bay home country of Gov. Rick Scott's likely challenger, Charlie Crist, and he won't be running for anything after his term expires in November.

There is one problem: adding Weatherford to the ticket anytime before the legislative session ends in May would not work too well on so many levels, including the constitutional separation of powers doctrine. So, consider this: speculation continues about Lee and maybe even a new short list throughout the spring. Finally, with the legislative session tightly wrapped up, the governor makes his pick. Weatherford and Scott become the ticket. Boom. Momentum. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 1:29pm]


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