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Lt. Governors Full Time Part Time Job

June 24th, 2015 by Mike Vasilinda

Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Canter makes 124 thousand dollars a year, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, a review of the Lt. Governor’s official schedule since being sworn in in January shows he has turned his full time job into a part time gig while he looks for new work.

“I Carlos Lopez-Cantera”

After taking the oath of Office on January 6th, Lt. Governor Lopez-Cantera’s schedule shows he didn’t work a full day for the rest of the month.

Overall, the official schedule shows the Lt.. Governor, represented her in blue, working 367 hours since January, while 40 hour a week employees, shown here in green, would have worked 968 Hours.

We asked Governor Rick Scott about the work ethic. Q: “it appears he has worked about four hours for every ten that’s been worked by an average Floridian. Is that acceptable to you?”

“Well, you can talk to the Lt. Governor about his work schedule, but I appreciate his hard work” says the Governor.

When Scott selected Lopez-Cantera for the number 2 job back in January 2014, he said it was in part because of the former State House members influence with the legislature.

“His legislative experience will make him very helpful” Scott said at the time.

But in April of this year, as House and Senate relations were melting down, Lopez-Cantera was nowhere to be found. In April, he was on the job just 40 percent of the time.

The resulting Special session cost taxpayers at least a million dollars,, so we asked the Governor Q:”Could that have been avoided if he’d been on the job?”

“I appreciate what Carlos has done.”

Lopez-Cantera’s schedule has is already fodder for Florida Democratic Party Spokesman Max Steel  “He’s shown up for work four times this month. I think most people would get fired if they were doing that” says Steele.

When Governor Bob graham was asked about his future plans, he would always say the best resume for the job you want is the job you are doing.

The Lt. Governor is expected to announce a run for the US Senate in July. Others have used time spent campaigning for the next job against would be candidates.

In 2006, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis was lampooned with an empty chair.“Jim Davis. If he doesn’t show up for work now, why should we elect him Governor?”

It’s a charge to which Lopez Cantera has left himself vulnerable.

Lopez Cantera continues to collect his ten thousand dollar a month salary, putting his hourly wage in June at about 1300 dollars an hour. Requests to speak with the Lt. Governor by phone went unanswered.

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