We have been saying it since November 2012. Carlos Lopez Cantera is Governor Rick Scott’s best choice for lieutenant governor to replace Jennifer Carroll.Maybe Scott read the Shark Tank (most likely), maybe he didn’t. But the truth of the matter is this. Scott will be making the right decision, if he picks Lopez-Cantera, as he is expected to do at 9:30am in Miami.
I started pushing Lopez-Cantera’s name back in November, not because Carlos is a friend of mine and because we run is some of the same political circles, but because I saw what he could bring to the table to the governor’s office, not to mention, what he would do during a highly contested re-election campaign against Democrat Charlie Crist.
Carlos is not afraid to take on Crist, and he is expected to do just that. In talking to him, he’sfine with his role of attack pooch. Remember, Carlos was in the thick of things during Rubio’s 2010 Senate run against Crist, as were many of us who backed Rubio before he formally announced for the U.S. Senate race, and later when it wasn’t cool to go against a sitting establishment Republican governor.
As I mentioned yesterday, Lopez-Cantera was interviewed back in December, but only after Rick Scott personally jumped into the mix, as Lopez-Cantera’s name was not even in play prior to the onslaught of media coverage Lopez-Cantera received late last year, which questioned why he wasn’t being considered for the job.Word is that it has been discussed that Lopez-Cantera will not be the traditional “ceremonial” LG, and will be taking on a more hands-on approach to being Scott’s number two.
Here are the list of ascending Shark Tank posts mentioning about the LG job.
Rick Scott’s Unforced Error: Adam Hollingsworth (Miami Herald post here)
If this goes down today, as it should, we will have coverage of the event later today.