By: Mike Vasilinda
October 29, 2013
It has been seven and a half months since Florida’s Lt. Governor resigned amid an internet gaming controversy. Dozens of names have been speculated about for a replacement, but one name is persistently mentioned.
Florida’s Lt. Governor resigned just days into this past springs legislative session. Rather than replace Jennifer Carroll immediately, Rick Scott said he would wait. “We will not turn our attention to this topic until after this session ends,” Governor Rick Scott said March 13, 2013.
Then the final gavel fell on the legislative session. “I’m focused on it right now,” Gov Scott said May 10, 2013.
That was the end of it, until now.
It has been seven and a half months since Florida had a Lt. Governor, but there are signs that’s about to change.
Like Washington, there are no secrets in the state Capitol. One name, former House Speaker, now State Senate powerhouse. John Thrasher keeps surfacing for the job. Respected lobbyist Pete Dunbar says the rumors are persistent. “For several months, it doesn’t seem to go away. I don’t know that anybody knows what exactly the Governor has to do but in my mind John Thrasher would be a fabulous choice,” says Pete Dunbar, Lobbyist, former legislator.
We reached Thrasher by phone. While he says he hasn’t spoken to the Governor, he did confirm the number two job came up in a conversation with his Chief of Staff. “He brought up some conversation about it, not in any specific way,” says Voice of Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine.
Democratic Political operative Steve Vancore says Thrasher could do the heaving lifting for the Governor’s Office. “Somebody who knows the legislative process, who can work with the members. Nobody knows the process better then John Thrasher,” says Steve Vancore, Democratic Political Consultant.
Until Scott names a replacement, Attorney General Pam Bondi would take over if anything happened to the Governor.