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Secret schedule keeps Lopez-Cantera well-hidden

How do you say "invisible" in Spanish? (In-vi-SEE-blay).

After a 10-month search for his new lieutenant governor, Gov. Rick Scott announced the selection of Carlos Lopez-Cantera with much fanfare last month.But since taking office Feb. 3, Lopez-Cantera has been largely out of sight, and Scott's office appears to want it that way.

Lopez-Cantera is the first LG in memory whose daily schedule is being kept private. After waiting nearly two-and-a-half weeks, The Times/Herald asked Tuesday that starting Wednesday, Feb. 19, his schedule be made public. It wasn't.

Communications director Frank Collins and deputy Monica Russell gave no reason why his schedule remains a state secret.

"He'll do a great job," Scott told reporters on Feb. 3. Really? How will we know?

Lopez-Cantera apparently has so little to do that his schedule isn't worth circulating or Scott's people want his activities kept from public knowledge. The lieutenant governor did appear at a Wednesday breakfast with Palm Beach County Republicans and a luncheon with Miami GOP women Tuesday -- events that were publicized by the Republican Party of Florida.

Scott's office routinely provided the schedule of Lopez-Cantera's predecessor, Jennifer Carroll. For comparison, here's her schedule from one year ago today:

LT. GOVERNOR JENNIFER CARROLL’S SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013
 
8:00am-1:00pm          STAFF AND CALL TIME
Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building
                                    Address:          400 South Monroe Street
                                                            Tallahassee, FL
                       
1:00pm-1:30pm         MEETING WITH OPERATION HIRE OUR HEROES
Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building
                                                           
1:30pm-2:00pm         STAFF AND CALL TIME
Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building
                                   
2:00pm-2:15pm         MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVE TRAVIS CUMMINGS
Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building
                                                           
2:15pm-5:15pm         STAFF AND CALL TIME
Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building
 
5:30pm-7:00pm         BLACK HISTORY MONTH RECEPTION
Location:         The Florida Governor’s Mansion
                                    Address:          700 North Adams Street
                                                            Tallahassee, FL 32301

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