Before university system Chancellor Frank Brogan steps down at the end of the month, elected officials and educators turned out tonight for a reception in his honor at Gov. Rick Scott's mansion. House Speaker Will Weatherford, Senate President Don Gaetz, over a dozen lawmakers and a handful of university presidents were among the 200 guests who attended.
The speeches were mostly routine stuff. The top elected officials thanked Brogan for his decades-long career in public service. Brogan gave a humble speech about how much he'll miss the state and the people he will leave behind.
The funniest line of the night came from Scott in response to a comment by Gaetz about finally having a lieutenant governor back in the mansion.
"Is John Thrasher here?" Scott quipped, a nod to the rumors that Thrasher will serve as his re-election running mate.
Gaetz was making a joke about the six-months (and counting) vacancy since Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned in March. He was actually referring to Brogan, who served as Gov. Jeb Bush's second-in-command.