One name that was mentioned over the weekend is former Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino. The two-term commissioner was considered for the Lt. Governer when Jennifer Carroll stepped down, but Gov. Rick Scott took another path.
Valentino is a multimillionaire who has the resources to fund his campaign without outside sources. His handicaps are his ties to former Sheriff Ron McNesby who is considered a joke in the Republican Party and his campaign against Sheriff Morgan, who is highly respected in the party.
The other name being mentioned is Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera. If he announces, Valentino then is in play to replace him.
Will Valentino show the courage to take the risk to continue his public service?