Reports: Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera under strong consideration for lieutenant governor job

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- It appears Governor Rick Scott is getting closer to appointing a new lieutenant governor.

The Miami Herald reports Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera is now under strong consideration for the job.

The former state House Republican leader could be chosen as early as next week. If that happens, Lopez-Cantera would be the state's first Hispanic lieutenant governor.

Pressure was recently added for Gov. Scott to fill position after a lawsuit was filed on Jan. 7 by a Tallahassee lobbyist and political activist to try and force the governor to select a lieutenant governor.

READ: Rick Scott Lt. Governor petition (pdf)

The post has been empty since spring when then-lieutenant governor Jennifer Carroll stepped down after being tied to a gambling scandal nine months ago.

Scott is expected to make the announcement Tuesday on his Facebook page.

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