Valentino wants to get in line to replace Carroll as Lt. Gov.

March 14, 2013

Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino wants to be Rick Scott’s Lt. Governor, and his prospects were discussed and joked about by courthouse insiders.

Valentino will have competition for the post.

Sen. Anitere Flores,R-Miami, is considered a frontrunner by south Florida Republicans, according to SaintPetersBlog. Ellyn Bogdanoff , a former state senator from West Palm Beach area who lost her seat in the redistricting, is also seen as possibility by The Broward Beat, The Crowley Report, and Sunshine State News. Rep. Dana Young from the Tampa area has also been mentioned.

My dark horse is Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Ft. Walton Beach–son of Senate President Don Gaetz, young, energetic and a favorite of the Tea Party.

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  • Keith March 18, 2013 at 5:52 am

    L. Laird: “tea bagger”, really? That’s not very tolerant from a member of the Tolerant Left. Tsk, tsk.

  • joe March 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you Denise for the chuckle of the day.

  • Denise March 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Perfect !

    The Lt Governor’s job is largely ceremonial with no real control over spending tax dollars so it would be safer to have him there than on the BOCC. Tallahassee’s loss would be our gain.

    There is an economic impact to be considered,though – will the doors to the Capitol need to be widened and the floors reinforced to accommodate Gene’s enormous ego ? Will we have to build a secure facility for his secret meetings with ‘unnamed aerospace companies’ ? Will a medical specialist have to be hired full time to deal with his persistent putting of his foot in mouth ?

    So many questions….

  • Marie March 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Say it ain’t so….. LOL

  • joe March 14, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    IMO, On paper Valentino may be a viable candidate but if he has to be interviewed or communicate in writing, he’ll be removed from the running.

  • CJ Lewis March 14, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Because the appointment will not be made until after the end of the legislative session, is there a chance that Governor Scott would appoint Senate President Gaetz? The upside for the people of Florida would be having one of the two top positions in State government filled by someone who actually understands the legislative process. Successful chief executives are most effective when they respect their legislative counterparts, not now done in Washington DC, Tallahassee or Pensacola. Don Gaetz would make a great Governor easily elected in 2014 and eventually as a U.S. Senator. Strong political leadership is a rare commodity but it seems to come easily to Don Gaetz.

  • L.Laird March 14, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Either Valentino or Gaetz Jr.if appointed,no one in there respective district would have a problem, however, then Gov Scott gets to appoint a Tea Bagger to replace them until 2014 election. Here in District 2,that could open the door for Brice Harris to jump onto the campaign trail early.

  • Dave March 14, 2013 at 9:00 am

    What about YOU, Rick?