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Editorial: DeSantis should rescind Scott appointments

The new governor should make his own choices and not be stuck with the former governor's last-minute selections.
LARA CERRI | Times Manatee County developer Carlos Beruff was appointed by former Gov. Rick Scott to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Gov. Ron DeSantis should pull back that appointment
Published Jan. 11

There is only one appropriate response to the arrogance that outgoing Gov. Rick Scott displayed by announcing scores of appointments as exited the door. New Gov. Ron DeSantis should rescind every one of these appointments that he can and make his own appointments.

At 6 p.m. on the Friday before his term expired, Scott announced the appointments of more than 70 people to various boards and committees. On Monday, mere hours before DeSantis became governor, Scott issued several more appointments, bringing the grand total to 84. Among them was Scott's perennial go-to man, Bradenton developer Carlos Beruff, whom Scott named to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

It was a typically classless move from Scott as he headed to the U.S. Senate, and DeSantis told reporters this week he will "definitely rescind" some of the "lame duck appointments," and that he's "going to look at all of them." The flurry of last-minute appointments underscores all that ordinary citizens hate about politics.

DeSantis has the authority to rescind only a handful of the appointments, but they're the most high-profile ones which require confirmation by the Senate. He should pull them all back including Beruff's appointment and Scott's last two appointments to the state Board of Education. The new governor should rescind every one of Scott's appointments he can and appoint his own choices. He won the election and the right to shape Florida for the next four years.


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