Former Democratic state Sen. Dave Aronberg
, the only candidate to open a 2012 campaign for Palm Beach County state attorney, is urging Republican Gov. Rick Scott
to appoint a “caretaker” to serve the last 9-1/2 months of incumbent Michael McAuliffe
‘s term and not pick someone who will run against Aronberg for a full four-year term.
McAuliffe leaves office next month to take a private sector job. Seven people have applied
to Scott for the appointment to fill the remainder of McAuliffe’s term, which ends in January. Several of the applicants have said they are only interested in the short-term appointment and not in running on the 2012 ballot.
Aronberg sent a letter to Scott today saying he won’t seek the appointment “to avoid even the appearance of using the temporary position for political purposes.”
And Aronberg doesn’t want anyone else to use the appointed position for political advantage.
“I believe that the interim State Attorney should be a caretaker, rather than someone who seeks to benefit from the temporary appointment to get elected to the position full-time in November,” Aronberg wrote.
The deadline to apply for the appointment is 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Read Aronberg’s letter after the jump…