Rick Scott’s politically experienced transition team has been banned from lobbying for at least a year. According to the Sun-Sentinel‘s Florida Politics blog,
Scott set the rule as part of a code of conduct released Wednesday for transition staff and volunteers. Workers must agree to abide by the lobbying ban during the transition and for one year after they leave the transition team.
In addition to the lobbying ban, Scott announced that Pat Gleason will serve as “open government coordinator” to the transition team. Gleason is recognized as a leading expert on Florida’s public records laws.
Also, Christopher M. Kise will serve as attorney to the transition team. Kise is a partner in the Foley & Lardner law firm and once served as the state’s solicitor general.
Gleason is Gov. Charlie Crist’s director of cabinet affairs and special counsel for open government. Kise also served as chief legal and policy advisor to Crist.
The Scott transition team includes current and former elected officials, staff to former Gov. Jeb Bush and political consultants.
Team members include U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, state Reps. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and Mike Weinstein, R-Orange Park, state Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, and the mayor of Sweetwater, Manny Marono.
It also includes Toni Jennings, former Lt. Gov. under Jeb Bush from 2003 through 2007. Jennings also served in the Florida House and Senate.
Kathleen Shanahan is the chair, and chief executive officer of Tampa-based WRSCompass, an environmental management and civil construction company. She also served as chief of staff for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and then-Vice President-elect Dick Cheney.
Sally Bradshaw, a professional political organizer, served as Bush’s campaign manager and chief of staff, and as director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future, which Bush formed in 1995. She was associate director of the White House Office of Political Affairs, served as political director for the Republican Party of Florida and as staff director for Florida House Republicans, and worked in both the 1988 and 1992 presidential campaigns for former President George H.W. Bush.
Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre, a Democrat who recently ran for the U.S. Senate, is also part of Scott’s transition team.