Gov. Rick Scott interviewed former Palm Beach County State Attorney Barry Krischer and Jacksonville-area Assistant State Attorney Wesley White this morning in Tallahassee as he looks to replace State Attorney Michael McAuliffe, who’s leaving March 16.
Krischer, a Democrat who had never met the Republican governor, said he had a “very pleasant” 30-minute conversation with Scott and the governor’s chief counsel, Charles Trippe. Krischer, elected to the job four times before deciding not to seek a fifth term in 2008, said he reiterated to Scott that he’s only interested in serving the last 10-1/2 months of McAuliffe’s term to “safeguard” the office until a new elected state attorney takes over in January.
White met with Scott and Trippe for about 25 minutes immediately before Krischer. White heads the Nassau County office for the 4th Judicial Circuit, which includes Jacksonville. White, a Republican, has also said he’s not interested in running for a full four-year term in the fall.
“He asked a lot of questions. You can tell that he received legal training,” White said of Scott.
Scott last month interviewed three other applicants, all Republicans, in West Palm Beach: Chief Assistant State Attorney Paul Zacks, Assistant State Attorney Ellen Roberts and former assistant state attorney Daniel Galo.