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Hispanic caucus makes PSC pitch for Arisso

The Florida Hispanic Legislative Caucus met with Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday and let him know who they want him to appoint to the Public Service Commission: former Miamian Manuel Arisso, who previously worked for former PSC Commissioners Isilio Arriaga and Braulio Baez.

Arisso is one the list of six names given to the governor for two open spots, created when Crist rescinded the nominations of former Gov. Jeb Bush. Bush had reappointed Arriago and former state Rep. Ken Littlefield but Crist had he wanted more "consumer friendly" advocates.

In a letter to Crist ,the chairman of the 14-member caucus, Miami Rep. Juan Zapata, urged the governor to appoint Arisso because he "is the only candidate with deep ties to South Florida." And, after all, South Florida has a sizeable pool of ratepayers, he said.

Zapata's second point: he's Hispanic and "will serve well the Hispanic population statewide helping to bridge any cultural and language barriers that may still exist.''

Zapata then gave Crist one more pitch: "He's consumer friendly." Crist smiled and thanked them for the recommendation.