In a weird turn of events it seems Ron DeSantis will NOT be the very next Governor of the State of Florida.
Here’s why, via Before It’s News::
Meet Carlos Lopez-Cantera. He’s the current Lieutenant Governor of Florida. Previously, he was Miami-Dade Property Appraiser and served several terms in the Florida House of Representatives.
And he’s going to be governor for just under a week.
Here’s why: Current Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is almost certain to be declared the winner of his battle for the Senate seat against incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D). Sorry, Democrats, but there aren’t enough votes remaining, despite all the legal maneuvers, to help Nelson overcome his nearly 13,000 vote deficit.
The next step for Scott would be to be sworn into office as the junior senator from Florida. The Senate’s term is scheduled to begin on January 3, 2019, so he would have to be sworn in no later than that morning in order to take his place with the incoming Senate class.
However, the next governor’s term won’t begin until January 8, 2019. Scott will have to resign as governor before he can be sworn in as senator, and Florida can’t just not have a governor, even for such a short period.
Theoretically, Scott could delay being sworn in as a senator, but that risks his seniority in the Senate, placing him in a tier below every other senator elected this fall, instead of on equal footing with them.
So, barring some sort of historically unprecedented last-minute wrench thrown in the works (this is still Florida we’re talking about and anything is possible), Lopez-Cantera will be governor for five days.
ere’s more info on Lopez-Canterra’s background, via RickScott.com:
Carlos Lopez-Cantera is the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Florida.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera was born in Madrid, Spain on December 29, 1973.
He was born two months premature and was returned to his intended birthplace of Miami, Florida once he was healthy enough to travel.
Lopez-Cantera graduated from Miami-Dade College and continued his studies at the University of Miami, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration.
From 2004 through 2012, Carlos served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives.
Over the course of his 8-year term in the Legislature, Carlos served as a member of the Governor’s Property Tax Reform Committee, the My Safe Florida Home Advisory Council and the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force.
In the Florida House of Representatives, he chaired the Committee on Business Regulation and the Government Affairs Committee.
Carlos served as Majority Whip from 2009 through 2010 and as the Majority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives during the final two years of his term from 2010 through 2012