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Scott rescinds 154 of Crist's appointments

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday rescinded 154 appointments made by former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Scott sent a letter to Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, advising him of the move but offered no reason for withdrawing appointments to dozens of panels — from the Barber's Board to the Florida Public Service Commission.

A spokesman for Scott said it was part of the new governor's re-evaluation of state government. Scott will reconsider re-appointing some, spokesman Brian Hughes said.

"Gov. Scott is taking a look at these appointments," Hughes said. "This is consistent with his effort to assess the rules, regulations and contracts of the previous administration."

Crist withdrew 283 appointments from his predecessor, former Gov. Jeb Bush, within a week of taking office in 2007.

Scott's order removes Jane Aurell, daughter of former Gov. LeRoy Collins, and Adele Graham, wife of former Gov. Bob Graham, from the Governor's Mansion Commission. The appointment of Katie Patronis, wife of state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, a Panama City Republican and one of Scott's earliest supporters, to the Gulf Coast Community College board of trustees was also removed.

Scott also withdrew the appointments of Eduardo Balbis, Ronald Brise, Julie Broan and Art Graham to the PSC; six appointments to the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council; and one appointment to the Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority.

Michael C. Bender can be reached at mbender@sptimes.com.

Scott rescinds 154 of Crist's appointments 02/02/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 9:19pm]
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