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Scott points to 'breadth of knowledge' in Patronis pick as CFO

Scott points to 'breadth of knowledge' in Patronis pick as CFO

Rick Scott turned to a political ally to fill one of the state's highest elected offices.

Former Democratic State Senator Jeremy Ring released a statement on Monday morning saying that Rick Scott's appointment of former State Lawmaker Jimmy Patronis as Chief Financial Officer of Florida won't change the focus of his own campaign for CFO next year.

Both Gruters and Neal said Monday that Patronis, who most recently served on the state Public Service Commission, is a good choice. "I know that he will bring his wealth of private sector experience with him to Tallahassee".

Patronis will replace Jeff Atwater as the CFO, who was first elected in 2010.

Patronis has been a loyal supporter of the governor. As chief financial officer, Atwater has overseen Florida's finances, helped make Cabinet decisions on issues such as preserving land and played a number of other roles, such as serving as the state fire marshal.

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Patronis, who helped his family run a well-known restaurant in Panama City, now sits on the state panel that regulates utilities.

Patronis served in the Florida House from 2006 until 2014.

"I truly believe every family that every family, from Pensacola to Jacksonville to Miami to the Florida Keys, should have every opportunity to succeed here", said Patronis. "I think today is going to continue the Jimmy Patronis legacy of if you ... stand up for the right things, if you work your tail off, every opportunity is afforded to you".

"I am honored to be appointed as Florida's next CFO".

Current Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced earlier this year that he was ending his political career to take a job at Florida Atlantic University. "I am confident that he will add to our mission to cut even more taxes and create even more jobs".

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In a rare opportunity, Scott has the chance to appoint someone to the four-member Cabinet who will nearly assuredly vote in lockstep with him moving forward.

Patronis will be officially sworn into the job Friday.

No other Republicans have filed to enter the race.

No Republicans had formally announced their intentions to run for the seat, but former state Sen.

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