A Florida political activist filed a lawsuit on Monday seeking to force Gov. Rick Scott to appoint a new lieutenant governor, a post that has been vacant for nearly nine months.
Not appointing new lieutenant governor
Scott has been noncommittal about choosing a successor to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who abruptly resigned in March after investigators questioned her about public relations work she did before taking office for a charity linked to an illegal gambling racket. Carroll was not charged with any wrongdoing.
Barbara DeVane, a retired social studies teacher who has long been active in education, labor and feminist causes, argued in the lawsuit that Scott is violating state law by not naming a new lieutenant governor.
DeVane cited a section of the state constitution which reads that when a vacancy occurs in the office, the governor "shall" appoint a successor.
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