Scott withdraws Crist nominees – including four utility regulators – from Senateby Dara Kam | February 2nd, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott withdrew the names of all of his predecessor Charlie Crist’s nominees that require Senate confirmation, including four appointees to the Public Service Commission.
Scott sent a letter to Senate President Mike Haridopolos late Wednesday evening asking him to withdraw dozens of nominees appointed by Crist, from Alafia River Basin appointee Stephen Bissonnette to Withlacoochee River Basin Board members Burton Eno and Alan Grubman.
Among those targeted: Public Service Commissioners Eduardo Balbis, Ronald Brise, Julie Brown and Art Graham.
On the list are all of Crist’s appointees as well those whose terms have already expired.
“The letter and list reflect the governor’s exercising his prerogative to reevaluate his predecessor’s appointments. Inclusion on the list does not preclude someone from the possibility of reappointment,” Scott spokesman Brian Hughes said.
Scott’s move is nothing new. Crist and his predecessor Jeb Bush did the same thing, but Crist didn’t wait until he was sworn in to withdraw Bush’s appointees.