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Scott to name Pete Antonacci as interim Palm Beach County state attorney

by Dara Kam | March 8th, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott is expected to name Peter Antonacci, a former Florida statewide prosecutor and deputy attorney general who has handled high-profile assignments for Republican and Democratic governors, to fill the Palm Beach County state attorney’s job, Tallahassee sources said today.

Scott is expected to make an announcement Friday on a replacement for State Attorney Michael McAuliffe, who is leaving office next week to take a job with billionaire Bill Koch’s Oxbow Carbon.

The appointee will serve through the end of McAuliffe’s term on Jan. 7. Scott last month said he did not know whether he wanted his appointee to run for a full four-year term in November.

The appointment has been a difficult one for Scott. He originally set a Feb. 15 deadline for applications and received five, then extended it to Feb. 22 and received six more. Scott personally interviewed five applicants.

Read The Palm Beach Post’s story here.

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10 Responses to “Scott to name Pete Antonacci as interim Palm Beach County state attorney”

  1. Stan the drunk Says:

    Great pick. Pete will serve Palm Beach County exceptionally well. Antonocci will bring a level of professionalism, competency and fairness that McAuliffe lacked. Governor Scott could not have appointed a better person.

  2. Not happy with the party Says:

    What does this appointment say about Palm Beach County Republicans, Sid?

  3. Susan Says:

    McAuliffe was exceptionally professional and competent. His big mistake? Going after corruption among our local politicians. You just don’t do that in PB county. This guy is Gov. Scott’s pick to hold the office in check (meaning no more corruption investigations) until Aronberg can take over and completely get rid of the corruption unit. Wake up and smell the coffee.

  4. Carrie Says:

    It has been one week since news broke that Lt. Gov Jennifer Carroll’s name was turned over to the FBI. Clay Clerk of the Court James Jett, who is running for Congress, alleges that Carroll, among others, repeated offers to buy him out of the race.

    Jett says he was offered appointed positions and cash to clear the way for U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, who is running for the same seat.

    So what does controlled media and Gov. Dick Scott think about the lieutenant governor’s name being handed over to the FBI?


    YET U REPORT ZIP – Nada – Nothing

    So where is the story on that ?
    Take your head out of the sand and start reporting the news instead of being Controlled media (R)
    The Truth

    Plain $ Simple


  5. RealAngst Says:

    Carrie…interesting article, but if anyone is shocked by this I would be amazed. Rick Scott is not the answer and I hope that the new SA is as reported, a great guy, an outstanding prosecutor and someone who will back up his troops.

  6. 13th Floor Elevator Says:

    D or R?

    Is he running in the Fall?

    What do the local R’s say.

    Research please!

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