From child advocate Karen Gievers to the governor's Solictor General Scott Makar, to UF Professor of Law Stephen Willis, there are insiders, long shots and assumed favorites on the list of 50 applicants to the Florida Supreme Court.
The choice to replace retiring Justices Raoul Cantera and Kenneth Bell will be one of Gov. Charlie Crist's most important appointments during his entire term as governor. Next year, he will get two more picks, to replace retiring Justices Charles Wells and Harry Lee Anstead.
The deadline to apply to the job was Friday at 5 p.m. Here's the list:Download fifty_apply_for_supreme_court_vacancies.htm
Who are the insiders? There are those with Republican creds like Tallahassee attorney Kenneth Sukhia who served on President George W. Bush's recount team and L. Clayton Roberts, the First District Court of Appeals judge who was general counsel to Katherine Harris.
Who are the favs? We're going to guess Judge Angel Cortinas, 3rd District Court of Appeals and Miamian Frank Jimenez, former general counsel to Gov. Jeb Bush and now general counsel to the U.S. Navy and Judge Charles Canady, 2nd DCA in Lakeland.
From South Florida: H. Scott Fingerhut of Miami; Michael D. Gelety of Fort Lauderdale; Judge Israel Reyes of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court; Ladd C. Brown, Boca Raton; Manuel Farach, West Palm Beach; Perry Adair, Coral Gables; Edward G. Guedes, Miami; Judge Juan Ramirez, 3rd DCA Miami; Judge Jorge Klabarga, WPB, 15th Judicial Circuit; Paul R. Regensdorf, Fort Lauderdale; Judge Kevin Emas, 11th Judicial Circuit; Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely 11th Judicial Circuit Miami; and Judge Leslie Rothenberg, 3rd DCA Miami.