For weeks there have been on-again, off-again rumors that State Sen. John Thrasher was the heir apparent to the spot of lieutenant governor.
The rationale behind Thrasher has been that he would give Scott a steady veteran to help with the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature. His other positive is that as a former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida he has a good relationship with party leaders and major donors that help the party carry out its mission.
The down-side on Thrasher is that his past as a lobbyist could be used to attack the governor. Additionally Thrasher would not create a lot of attention or buzz for a re-election campaign that is expected to be close. (Although after the forced resignation of Carroll there are those who want a running mate that does not attract a lot of attention.)
Well, it may be pointless to weigh the pros and cons because the signs are that Thrasher is now focusing on getting re-elected to the state Senate in 2014 and not joining Scott as his running-mate.
Look no further than to tonight's major fundraiser that Thrasher _ who still has no announced opponent _ has planned at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach.
The host committee includes a lengthy list of well-known northeast Florida figures including former Jacksonville mayor John Delaney, current State Board of Education chairman Gary Chartrand, Michael Hightower, Tom Petway and former U.S. Ambassador John Rood. Another member of the host committee is Southern Strategy Group, the big-time Tallahassee lobbying powerhouse that Thrasher worked at between his stint as House speaker and his election to the state Senate.
When asked about the fundraiser, a spokeswoman for Thrasher sounded firm that he is not planning on switching from the legislative branch of government to the executive.
"John Thrasher is committed to running for re-election for the Florida Senate, as evidenced by this evening's scheduled fundraiser,'' said Sarah Bascom.
With Thrasher out of the running for LG this means speculation will return again to other political figures.
Of course Scott remains under no real legal obligation to find a LG anytime soon.
State law requires a lieutenant governor, but there is no enforceable deadline on how quickly a governor must act to replace an LG. (With the holidays coming up fast it would seem unlikely Scott would act before the end of the year.)
Asked about it earlier this week Scott would only say he was still reviewing possible candidates.
"Look, there's a lot of great people around the state that could be great lieutenant governors, so we're still going through the process,'' Scott said.