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1120746 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2010-09-10 18:33:11.0 UTC 2010-09-10T14:33:11.000-04:00 lt-gov-kottkamp-perseveres-as-time-in-limbo-as-no-2-nears-end Published 2010-09-11 02:36:56.0 UTC 2010-09-10T22:36:56.000-04:00 news/politics/elections DTI 66268630 TALLAHASSEE Even in the best of times, being lieutenant governor can be a lonely existence. And these can't possibly be the best of times for Jeff Kottkamp. It's a vivid reminder of how quickly a politician's fortunes can turn sour in Florida. Kottkamp is a lame duck and not of his own choosing, because Gov. Charlie Crist opted to run for a U.S. Senate seat. Kottkamp ran for attorney general and lost the Republican nomination to Pam Bondi, so he must soldier on having been repudiated by the voters in his own party. That can't be fun. Then there's the fact that Kottkamp isn't even on speaking terms with Crist any longer. When Kottkamp makes an appearance, he's not there standing in for Crist — he's there on his own, as if he's an island unto himself. "Life goes on," Kottkamp says. There's a lesson here for Rod Smith and Jennifer Carroll, one of whom will be the next lieutenant governor: They should demand specific, defined, substantive responsibilities. Kottkamp oversees the state Office of Drug Control and Space Florida, and that's about it. The Crist-Kottkamp "team" was a dream when the erstwhile Republican governor's poll numbers were in the high 60s, but at this point it's pure fiction. When you're lieutenant governor in Florida, there's no job description. No major responsibilities. Public appearances are strictly second tier, such as Wednesday's Citrus County Economic Development luncheon in the city of Hernando that Kottkamp attended. A state trooper escort drove him there. Then there was his visit Tuesday to Maclay Gardens, a picturesque park in Tallahassee, where Kottkamp read the children's book The Snowy Day to an attentive group of second-graders from Gilchrist Elementary School. "After breakfast, he put on his snowsuit and ran outside," Kottkamp read as he sat in a wooden rocking chair. "The snow was piled up very high." To his credit, Kottkamp isn't feeling sorry for himself. He says that would be unfair to his 18 million constituents. "I've got work to do," he says. "Yesterday I met with a group trying to potentially bring 400 jobs to Charlotte County. … I want to sprint to the finish line and try to do everything we can to keep growing and expanding this economy." If there is one glimmer of good news for Kottkamp, it's the remote possibility that he could actually be governor for a fleeting moment, the way Lt. Gov. Wayne Mixson of Marianna was for three days in 1987. The next governor — Rick Scott or Alex Sink — will take the oath of office at noon Jan. 4. If Crist wins the Senate race, he may be sworn in as early as Jan. 3, although a Senate spokesman says the date has not yet been determined. Despite his estrangement from Crist, Kottkamp says it's dangerous to count the governor out even as a repackaged independent candidate. But if the timing works out, Kottkamp could be governor for a day — a fitting reward for his stoic demeanor in his last months in office. "I'm really honestly focused on trying to finish this job strong," Kottkamp says. Steve Bousquet can be reached at bousquet@sptimes.com or (850) 224-7263. By Steve Bousquet, Times Tallahassee Bureau Chief News,Gubernatorial,State Roundup,Politics,Florida,kyc2010,Elections & Campaigns Lt. Gov. Kottkamp perseveres as time in limbo as No. 2 nears end AHOLLYFIELDN 4STB B Section djkj4jhesw4s djkj4 Kottkamp, forgotten but not quite gone Tallahassee 8 steve091110.4st Kottkamp, forgotten but not quite gone 2010-09-11 04:00:00.0 UTC 2010-09-11T00:00:00.000-04:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2010/09/10/66268630-lt-gov-kottkamp-perseveres-as-time-in-limbo-as-no-2-nears-end StaffArticle news,floridaFlorida Newsnews,politicsPoliticsnews,politics,elections & campaignsElections & Campaignsnews,politics,gubernatorialGubernatorial Politicsnews,politics,state roundupState Political RoundupTALLAHASSEEEven in the best of times, being lieutenant governor can be a lonely existence.News,Gubernatorial,State Roundup,Politics,Florida,kyc2010,Elections & CampaignsNews,Gubernatorial,State Roundup,Politics,Florida,kyc2010,Elections & CampaignsSteve Bousquet 380041 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:46:38.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:46:38.000-04:00 steve-bousquet published Steve Bousquet <p>Steve Bousquet is the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i>' Tallahassee bureau chief. He joined the <i>Times</i> in 2001 after 17 years at the <i>Miami Herald</i>, where he held a variety of positions including Tallahassee bureau chief, and he previously was a reporter at TV stations in Miami and Providence, R.I. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island and a master's in history from Florida State University.</p><p>Bousquet was a contributor to two editions of <i>The Almanac of Florida Politics</i> and to <i>The Miami Herald Report: Democracy Held Hostage</i>, an account of the 2000 presidential recount in Florida.</p> Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau writers DTI 35035732 Steve Bousquet is the Tampa Bay Times' Tallahassee bureau chief. He joined the Times in 2001 after 17 years at the Miami Herald, where he held a variety of positions including Tallahassee bureau chief, and he previously was a reporter at TV stations in Miami and Providence, R.I. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island and a master's in history from Florida State University. Bousquet was a contributor to two editions of The Almanac of Florida Politics and to The Miami Herald Report: Democracy Held Hostage, an account of the 2000 presidential recount in Florida. <p>Phone: (850) 224-7263</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:sbousquet@tampabay.com">sbousquet@tampabay.com</a></p><p>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/stevebousquet">@SteveBousquet</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2013/04/steve_bousquet_wp_10554836.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/35035732-steve-bousquet AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:46:38.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:46:38.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">STEVE BOUSQUET</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Tallahassee Bureau Chief 2263671 2016-02-02 04:00:46.0 UTC 7 Months Ago former-arkansas-gov-mike-huckabee-ends-his-2nd-bid-for-president news/politics/national Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee ends his 2nd bid for president StaffArticle 2286911 2016-07-26 22:10:07.0 UTC 1 Month Ago ballot-is-in-the-mail-for-near-record-22-million-florida-primary-voters news/politics/stateroundup Ballot is in the mail for near-record 2.2 million Florida primary voters StaffArticle 2284037 2016-07-03 15:48:24.0 UTC 2 Months Ago clintons-fbi-interview-may-show-email-probe-is-nearing-end news/politics/national Clinton's FBI interview may show email probe is nearing end StaffArticle <p>TALLAHASSEE</p> <p>Even in the best of times, being lieutenant governor can be a lonely existence.</p> <p>And these can't possibly be the best of times for Jeff Kottkamp. It's a vivid reminder of how quickly a politician's fortunes can turn sour in Florida.</p> <p>Kottkamp is a lame duck and not of his own choosing, because Gov. Charlie Crist opted to run for a U.S. Senate seat.</p> <p>Kottkamp ran for attorney general and lost the Republican nomination to Pam Bondi, so he must soldier on having been repudiated by the voters in his own party. That can't be fun.</p> <p>Then there's the fact that Kottkamp isn't even on speaking terms with Crist any longer. When Kottkamp makes an appearance, he's not there standing in for Crist — he's there on his own, as if he's an island unto himself.</p> <p>&quot;Life goes on,&quot; Kottkamp says.</p> <p>There's a lesson here for Rod Smith and Jennifer Carroll, one of whom will be the next lieutenant governor: They should demand specific, defined, substantive responsibilities.</p> <p>Kottkamp oversees the state Office of Drug Control and Space Florida, and that's about it.</p> <p>The Crist-Kottkamp &quot;team&quot; was a dream when the erstwhile Republican governor's poll numbers were in the high 60s, but at this point it's pure fiction.</p> <p>When you're lieutenant governor in Florida, there's no job description. No major responsibilities.</p> <p>Public appearances are strictly second tier, such as Wednesday's Citrus County Economic Development luncheon in the city of Hernando that Kottkamp attended. A state trooper escort drove him there.</p> <p>Then there was his visit Tuesday to Maclay Gardens, a picturesque park in Tallahassee, where Kottkamp read the children's book <i>The Snowy Day</i> to an attentive group of second-graders from Gilchrist Elementary School.</p> <p>&quot;After breakfast, he put on his snowsuit and ran outside,&quot; Kottkamp read as he sat in a wooden rocking chair. &quot;The snow was piled up very high.&quot;</p> <p>To his credit, Kottkamp isn't feeling sorry for himself. He says that would be unfair to his 18&nbsp;million constituents.</p> <p>&quot;I've got work to do,&quot; he says. &quot;Yesterday I met with a group trying to potentially bring 400 jobs to Charlotte County. … I want to sprint to the finish line and try to do everything we can to keep growing and expanding this economy.&quot;</p> <p>If there is one glimmer of good news for Kottkamp, it's the remote possibility that he could actually be governor for a fleeting moment, the way Lt. Gov. Wayne Mixson of Marianna was for three days in 1987.</p> <p>The next governor — Rick Scott or Alex Sink — will take the oath of office at noon Jan. 4. If Crist wins the Senate race, he may be sworn in as early as Jan. 3, although a Senate spokesman says the date has not yet been determined.</p> <p>Despite his estrangement from Crist, Kottkamp says it's dangerous to count the governor out even as a repackaged independent candidate.</p> <p>But if the timing works out, Kottkamp could be governor for a day — a fitting reward for his stoic demeanor in his last months in office.</p> <p>&quot;I'm really honestly focused on trying to finish this job strong,&quot; Kottkamp says.</p> <p><i>Steve Bousquet can be reached at bousquet@sptimes.com or (850) 224-7263.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:53:22