Carlos Lopez-Cantera named Florida's new lieutenant governor

Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday named Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera as the state's new lieutenant governor.

The appointment of Lopez-Cantera, a former state House majority leader, fills a job that has been vacant for 10 months.

Last March then-lieutenant governor Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned after she was interviewed by law-enforcement authorities about work she once did for a charity that prosecutors have said was a front for a widespread gambling ring. She has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

A Tallahassee lobbyist and political activist last week sued Scott and said he breaking a state law that requires him to appoint a lieutenant governor.

There has been speculation for weeks about a whole range of potential candidates for the job.

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