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Florida officials squabble over insurance pick

Kevin McCarty
Posted at 2:54 PM, Apr 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-24 14:54:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is having a tough time coming up with a new insurance commissioner.

Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty was supposed to leave May 2, but he has offered to stay on the job longer because Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater have been unable to agree on a successor.

Scott and the entire Cabinet must vote on a new commissioner, but both the governor and chief financial officer have veto power over the choice.

The two Republicans have backed rival candidates for the job although they are now sending out signals they may support other people. The governor and Cabinet are scheduled to discuss and possibly vote on a new commissioner this week.

The job is crucial because the person regulates an important industry in a hurricane-prone state. Hurricane season starts June 1.