Often when I start my book-signing presentations, I ask if anyone can name Florida’s first appointed lieutenant governor. Only once has someone correctly named Ray Osborne, a state representative from Clearwater whom Republican Gov. Claude Kirk picked in 1967. Is it a question of memory or is the position irrelevant?
If the significance of the job is in question, then add the embarrassing service of Jennifer Carroll, and it is not surprising that many pundits suggest that the position is ceremonial and really unnecessary. I can add the names of other lieutenant governors who did very little to advance Florida. But to play devil’s advocate, the problem is not the structure of the job but more the individual selected.
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