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Lopez-Cantera chides crowd of bored biz leaders

Florida business leaders weren't very interested in hearing from Gov. Rick Scott's new lieutenant governor Tuesday, and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera decided to let them have it.

Lopez-Cantera was apparently expecting more enthusiasm from the Florida Chamber of Commerce, a group that strongly supports Scott's re-election. But some were more interested in answering their emails.

In his eighth day on the job, the new L.G. gave a morning speech Tuesday at Florida State's Turnbull Conference Center at the Chamber's 2014 Capitol Days, a pro-business pep rally at which business leaders convene at the capital for seminars, speeches and social events.

Lopez-Cantera was ticking off  the great things he says Scott supports -- cutting fees, spending more on schools, attracting jobs -- when he discovered he was losing his audience.

"And I, you know, I look around this room and I see the eyes starting to, maybe you guys are thinking about a meeting that you have," he told the group. "I don't see you guys excited about these things. I mean, this is stuff that really affects your bottom line, in your businesses every day, and that's why the governor is so passionate about it, and that's why I'm excited to be part of the team. But if you guys have better ideas ... "