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Scott shifts lawyer to jobs agency, hires Antonacci

Three days after his top economic adviser resigned, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday named his general counsel, Jesse Panuccio, to head the state's Department of Economic Opportunity. Panuccio, a Harvard Law School graduate, has been Scott's key legal adviser, arguing some of the cases involving Scott's administration and playing a key role in the review and selection of trial court judges.

Panuccio will assume the reins at DEO on Jan. 7, 2013, replacing Hunting Deutsch, who resigned Monday following news media disclosures that he collected state unemployment benefits at a time when he was unemployed and traveling in Europe.

Replacing Panuccio in the general counsel's office is Peter Antonacci, a long-time Tallahassee hand who for many years was a deputy attorney general under Bob Butterworth. Scott appointed Antonacci as an acting state attorney in Palm Beach County earlier this year.

-- Steve Bousquet

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