Tallahassee, FL - Earlier this year, Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll announced her resignation just a day after she was questioned by authorities investigating an Internet cafe company that she once represented. She resigned to ensure her ties to the company would not be a distraction for the administration, according to Rick Scotts Chief of Staff Adama Hollingsworth.
So here we are eight months later and still no Lt. Governor. According to Florida's Constitution, it says "There shall be a lieutenant governor," but doesn't specify any time frame to fill vacancies. However, the constitution does require a candidate for governor to pick a running mate before a general election. So it appears Scott would have to pick someone by September 2014.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Scott's office has started vetting state Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman, Sheriff Don Eslinger of Seminole County and Josephy Joyner, the appointed school superintendent in St. Johns County.