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Scott Picks Political Allies For Constitution Panel

Scott Picks Political Allies For Constitution Panel
By DARA KAM
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA©2017 The News Service of Florida. All rights reserved. Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. You can view the Terms of Use on our website.

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 3, 2017……… Gov. Rick Scott on Friday named 14 people — nearly all of them loyalists who have served the governor or been appointed by him in other capacities — to the state Constitution Revision Commission.

Scott’s selections included a number of Republican political allies, including influential insurance lobbyist Fred Karlinsky, a major Scott political fundraiser, and Brecht Heuchan, a Tallahassee GOP consultant who has been a key player with the governor’s “Let’s Get to Work” political committee.

In a statement accompanying Friday’s announcement, Scott said the picks “stood out as exemplary choices” whose “diverse backgrounds and experience in education, business and policy will ensure we continue to champion policies that make Florida the best place for families for generations to come.”

Scott’s appointees included his former general counsel Tim Cerio; state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart; and utility regulator Jimmy Patronis, a former Republican lawmaker from the Panhandle appointed by Scott to the Public Service Commission more than two years ago.

The governor also named Darlene Jordan, a Palm Beach Republican who served as state finance chair of Scott’s 2014 re-election campaign and was appointed last year by Scott to the state university system’s Board of Governors; Florida Board of Education Chairwoman Marva Johnson; and Nicole Washington, a onetime Scott aide who serves on the board of Florida A&M University.

And Scott picked Belinda Keiser, vice chancellor of Keiser University; Gary Lester, a vice president of The Villages; Frank Kruppenbacher, an Orlando attorney and chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority; Jose “Pepe” Armas, a Miami doctor appointed by the governor to serve as a trustee for Florida International University; Lisa Carlton, a former GOP lawmaker from Sarasota; and Emery Gainey, an official in the Attorney General’s Office who was tapped last year by Scott to temporarily serve as Marion County sheriff.

“The group of people the governor selected are as diverse as any group, geographically, ethnically, just in terms of their backgrounds and their experiences,” said Heuchan, who served as a top aide to former state House Speaker Daniel Webster, now a congressman.

Heuchan coordinated Webster’s picks to the 1997 Constitution Revision Commission and monitored the panel’s work, “giving him a deep understanding and familiarity of the CRC process,” Scott said in a statement.

Scott’s appointees are “extremely talented people and they have a broad range of skill sets,” Heuchan told The News Service of Florida in a telephone interview Friday.

“The governor is a people-person. So if there’s a common theme among these people, it’s that he’s comfortable with them because he knows them. They are a blend of very different experiences. He’s comfortable with them because their personalities blend together,” Heuchan said.

On Wednesday, Scott named Manatee County developer Carlos Beruff, who lost a bid for the U.S. Senate last year, as the chairman of the Constitution Revision Commission, which meets every two decades to decide on constitutional proposals to put before voters.

“My goal for the CRC (the commission) is to fight for policies that will ensure a strong future for Florida, and I know Carlos also shares this vision. As we undertake this historic review, I am hopeful that this commission will propose policies that build a legacy upon which the families and businesses in our great state will thrive for generations to come,” Scott, considering a run for U.S. Senate next year, said in a statement Wednesday announcing Beruff’s appointment.

Scott has the legal authority to appoint 15 members to the commission, including its chairman. House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron each have the power to appoint nine commissioners. Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga named his three appointees, and Attorney General Pam Bondi is automatically included in the 37-member panel.

While Republicans who share Scott’s ideology — or were hand-picked by him for other posts — dominated the governor’s selections, Negron’s picks included former Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat who frequently butted heads with GOP leaders before leaving office in 2016 due to term limits.

Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, will be the last of the leaders to name his appointees; he has until the 2017 legislative session begins Tuesday to make his selections official.

It’s not unusual for governors to pick commission members who reflect their ideology, said Florida State University political science professor Carol Weissert.

“We wouldn’t necessarily expect him to go out and do a random selection process. It looked like it was a pretty diverse group, geographically and racially,” said Weissert, who also serves as director of the LeRoy Collins Institute, which is leading an educational effort focused on the commission’s work. “The proof is going to be in the pudding. When those people get together are they going to put aside their partisanship and look at the issues that are the best for Florida? And we don’t know that until they meet.”

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3/3/2017

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Mike Langley: He does a great job for Agriculture. Where does the name of the author appear? Oh it's "Herald"
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Rip Stalvey: He's a statesman and not a politician. HUGE DIFFERENCE.
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Michael Wade: Adam is a good man and a great leader.
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Corrado D'avanza: if you like polluters . He is great a playing the game-crook  
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Ed Elias: The best that money can buy.  
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Kenny Phillips: Adolf Hitler type leadership  
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Ed Elias: The best that money can buy.  
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Kenny Phillips: Adolf Hitler type leadership  
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Rick Crawford: This article describes politics in florida. People vote party no matter what.
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Gregory L. Donoghue: Adam Putnam would make an excellent Governor!!!
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Kenny Phillips: Worse than Scott  
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Kenny Phillips: Worse than Scott  
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Carol Jones Gross: The writer said he was the son of the best sheriff in the South. He's not Grady Judd's son!
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Ron John Lowrider: Sorry, you fools Adam is a excellent politician. So you libtard screw off.
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Kenny Phillips: Exactly a political name. Great congressman, cannot run an agency. Govern by fear  
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Kenny Phillips: Exactly a political name. Great congressman, cannot run an agency. Govern by fear  
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Frank Sheets: Another flying Florida asshole politican
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Frank Sheets:
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Frankie Everett: i call him howdy doody.....with an emphasis on doody......
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Frank Schooley: Vote 'em out!
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Pat Frohe: Florida has the snarkiest politicians, and Adam Putnam is one of them.
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Richard Morrison: who paid for the hit piece?
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Gloria Rector Lusk: I take this with a grain of salt, so to speak.
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Sue Green Temple: Not
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Cindy Lang: Just another Fl repub with no integrity!
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Jimmy Waddell: Only Republicans would elect a child to represent them.
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Lyle Williams: Bill Nelson, Debbie Wasserman, Keith Ellison, Nancy Pelosi, Babs Boxer and King Obama are democrats and fit that description Jimmy Waddell. You hoss a a bad joke on your Mama and humanity.  
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Robert Griffiths Sr: We could argue your remark until the end of time. The Liberal Democratic cluster is, in the opinion of many, a sad, sad example of humanity.  
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Rick Sutton: Jimmy when you talk of one party it shows your ignorance and bias. Both parties,are pretty corrupt  
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Jimmy Waddell: Lyle Williams None of those people were 22 when first elected.  
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Jimmy Waddell: Can you people stick to the issue instead of attacking me. You are aware that is a logic flaw.  
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Lyle Williams: Bill Nelson, Debbie Wasserman, Keith Ellison, Nancy Pelosi, Babs Boxer and King Obama are democrats and fit that description Jimmy Waddell. You hoss a a bad joke on your Mama and humanity.  
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Robert Griffiths Sr: We could argue your remark until the end of time. The Liberal Democratic cluster is, in the opinion of many, a sad, sad example of humanity.  
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Rick Sutton: Jimmy when you talk of one party it shows your ignorance and bias. Both parties,are pretty corrupt  
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Jimmy Waddell: Lyle Williams None of those people were 22 when first elected.  
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Jimmy Waddell: Can you people stick to the issue instead of attacking me. You are aware that is a logic flaw.  
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Chuck Mclaughlin: What horrible things to say about our next governor and future VP. ( I'm being 47% sarcastic.)
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Steve Holdeman: He has been a friend to beekeepers.
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Thor House: Adam will be much better than Gilliam would ever be and should never be. Not because he is black but because he is a big government control believer and leans toward socialist agendas.
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Lyle Williams: I identify as black. Why don't I get the job?  
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Shirley Bouie Anderson: No black man is named Lyle.  
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Greg Scungilli: If you identify as Black just think of all the freebies you'll get from the taxpayers. Free Food Free Spending money Free schooling Free Healthcare Free housing Etc Etc Etc. Oops forgot the Free Cel Phone  
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Lyle Williams: I identify as black. Why don't I get the job?  
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Shirley Bouie Anderson: No black man is named Lyle.  
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Greg Scungilli: If you identify as Black just think of all the freebies you'll get from the taxpayers. Free Food Free Spending money Free schooling Free Healthcare Free housing Etc Etc Etc. Oops forgot the Free Cel Phone  
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Greg Lambert: No dirt on Adam Putnam so trash the shit out of him.
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Allen Fralick: Don't be an Uncle Kyle! Be proud of your wieners Men! #internationalwomensday
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Gary Bridges: Interesting, but sounds like he is an insider, establishment guy. Not good in these times.
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Barbara Souza: Welcome to Floriduh
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Liam Cronin: Sounds like a real rat! Not what we need down here - we have enough of these guys around.
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Howard Mathis: Not you Sir!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You're one of the major reasons for NAFTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Mike Berger: Never had a real job in his life..
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Kenny Phillips: Rich kid supported by rich
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Richard Croker: career bullshlitter
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Judy A Seaver: TIME TO GET NEW INTELLIGENT PEOPLE IN OFFICE!
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Kimberlee Norton: In vofting for Gwen !!!!
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Freida Atwood: Vote him out.
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Joylene McFarland: Our power is voting them out!! We are now seeing what years of comfortable apathy has brought us. Time we get off our butts and make changes good for our people. Then we will show strength as a country. Right now we look like adolescents being babysat by the GOP. We only do what they allow us to do....ok. not!!
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Richard B. Streeter: Hopefully "Opie" will run for Governor .
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Bruce Harwell: follow the money....he's dirty!
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Walter Shepherd: I don't share this view
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