Florida Gov. Rick Scott made light Monday in Miami that his appointed lieutenant governor, Carlos Lopez-Cantera, is poised to announce a 2016 U.S. Senate run next month.
"We're going to do this every year, year in and year out," Scott said of tax cuts in the state budget. "Carlos and I have another three years in Tallahassee -- well he might change what he's doing," he added, to laughter. "But we have another three years to cut more taxes."
Lopez-Cantera, who was standing next to him, told the Miami-Dade County Republican Party on Saturday that he will announce his decision July 15 whether to seek presidential candidate Marco Rubio's seat.
Because he holds a state office but would run for a federal one, Lopez-Cantera would not be required by law to resign his position as lieutenant governor.
Scott was asked if he would ask Lopez-Cantera to step aside anyway. The governor said he'd leave that decision to his deputy.
"He's been a very good lieutenant governor," Scott said. "I've enjoyed working with Carlos. He was very good when we worked together when he was in the House as majority leader. I think he did a great job here in Miami [as property appraiser]. Those are decisions he'll make."