State Sen. Mike Fasano wants the governor to remove Public Service Commissioner Lisa Edgar from consideration for reappointment, calling her part of the "old guard" in Tallahassee that does not support consumers.
In a letter Tuesday to Gov. Rick Scott, Fasano asked the governor to take the "opportunity to continue 'cleaning house' at the PSC and appoint someone without the long-term ties to the utility world that she has."
Scott is reviewing candidates to fill Edgar's seat, which has a term that ends this year. Edgar is among the short list of candidates for the $132,000-a-year job.
In response to Fasano's letter, Edgar said, "I believe Governor Scott will review experience and qualifications and will make the right decision."
Former Gov. Jeb Bush first appointed Edgar to the commission for a term that began in January 2005. Former Gov. Charlie Crist reappointed her in 2008.
Edgar was the only one of the five-member panel who was allowed to keep her job after the state Senate and the Florida Nominating Council ousted the four others in 2010. The commissioners unanimously voted against substantial utility rate hikes, upsetting the utility industry.
Edgar, who served as chairwoman of the PSC from January 2006 to January 2008, is the senior member of the panel.
The current commissioners often have been criticized for favoring the state's utilities over consumer interests.