Update: Scott talks to 4 more on insurance job Friday

Gov. Rick Scott (left) and CFO Jeff Atwater (center) play key roles in selection of the state's next insurance commissioner.

Gov. Rick Scott (left) and CFO Jeff Atwater (center) play key roles in selection of the state’s next insurance commissioner.

Update Friday: And maybe we are not done yet. Gov. Rick Scott will interview by phone insurance commissioner candidates Rich Robleto, Carla D’Andre, David Altmaier and Chlora Lindley-Myers this afternoon, according to his published schedule.

Robleto and Altmaier are Florida insurance office deputies, perhaps pointing to a willingness to consider a pick from within the agency or an interim chief. D’Andre is CEO and president of an independent insurance agency based in Miami. Lindley-Myers has been deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance. Atwater has talked to all.

Original post: The party just got more crowded for Tuesday’s Florida Cabinet meeting when it comes to picking a new insurance commissioner.

Add current insurance department chief of staff and former general counsel Belinda Miller and Raymond “Ray” Blacklidge, executive vice president and general counsel for American Traditions Insurance Co. in Pinellas Park. They have been asked to appear by Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, his office said Thursday afternoon.

They join state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach, whom Atwater also requested for Tuesday, and Gov. Rick Scott’s choice: Jeffrey Bragg, a Tampa-area former insurance executive and federal administrator.

Hager and Bragg return a March deadlock. Hager was grilled on soliciting business from insurance companies for his private-sector work, and Bragg faced questions about a story in The Palm Beach Post involving a suit, later settled,  claiming that he misled investors in a past Florida flood insurance venture.

The governor and CFO failed to agree in March. They must be part of a majority in the four-member Cabinet to name a successor to the outgoing Kevin McCarty, who has pledged to put off a May 2 exit until 45 days after a new appointment..



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