Peter Schorsch, creator of SaintPetersBlog.com and FloridaPolitics.com, keeps an eye on the internal politics of the Florida Legislature. In his most recent analysis of the 2022 (not a typo) House Speaker’s race, Pensacola’s Frank White is among the names mentioned.
According to Schorsch, the contenders are Paul Renner, Byron Donald, Ralph Massullo, James “J.W.” Grant, Erin Grall, and White.
The new rules call for members to not select a speaker until after the 2017 Session. Members are not suppose to solicit support for a leadership bid until after June 30. There are currently 27 freshmen Republicans in the House, so 14 votes are needed to secure the Speakership.
Of White’s chances, Schorsch wrote: “There is a faction of north Florida members who will likely move and vote as a bloc: White, Mel Ponder, Jayer Williamson, and Cord Byrd. The inside joke about three of these members is that their roommate in Tallahassee is Grant. One thing is for certain, come July 1, either White will be a candidate for Speaker or Grant will be, but not both.”