Gov. Rick Scott in no rush to pick new Florida lieutenant governor

Published On: Aug 19 2013 09:35:54 AM EDT
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Governor Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is moving slowly to find a new lieutenant governor.

It's been five months since Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned after she was questioned by law enforcement authorities about work she did for a charity accused of running an illegal gambling ring.

Carroll has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

But since March, the Republican governor has focused on other functions of his job instead of searching for a second-in-command.

That opened Scott up to critics who say he has a duty to appoint a lieutenant governor.

Florida's constitution says there "shall" be a lieutenant governor, but there is nothing in state law that says how quickly the governor must appoint someone. Constitutional scholars say it is unlikely any court would order the governor to act.

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