Rick Scott has officially picked Miami-Dade property appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera as his next lieutenant governor. The office was vacant for nearly ten months. A solid conservative whose main issue throughout his career as both property appraiser and a member of the Florida House has been lower property taxes, Lopez-Cantera will be the first Hispanic to serve as lieutenant governor.
So who is this guy? Here are some interesting things to know.
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- Despite being Miami-Dade's property appraiser, financial information of his own house is not easy to find online. The Miami Herald points out that hiding this type of info isn't illegal, but it's uncommon among high-ranking politicians and other property appraisers.
- He likes guns. According to a 2005 New Times story, he was one of several local politicians who had a concealed carry license. He also regularly received marks of "A" and "A+" from the NRA's Political Victory Fund.
- He joined businessman Norman Braman as cochair in the recall of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and cited increases in property taxes under Alvarez's administration. This despite the fact that months earlier, Alvarez said he would support Lopez-Cantera in the Miami-Dade property appraiser's race.
- He was a key figure in shepherding the Port of Miami Deep Dredge project through the state House despite environmentalists' concerns.
- He was part of Marco Rubio's inner circle during their days in the state House. This group also included disgraced ex-congressman David Rivera.
- In 2011, he endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the Republican presidential primary, so he has a record of thinking highly of controversial Republican governors named Rick.
- He once made the ultimate "reply all" email mistake. In 2007, when a constituent sent an email about property taxes to all 120 state representatives, Lopez-Cantera responded, "From your mouth do gods ears. Hopefully the Senate will look past there egos and pass the Plan that helps everyone who needs it." However, he accidentally hit "reply all," and the dig at his colleagues' egos was sent to every member of the House as well.
- Last August, he filed suit against Miami-Dade County with the hope of increasing his power and independence as Miami-Dade property appraiser.