A report published Friday morning in POLITICO Florida says U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, the front-runner in Florida’s Republican gubernatorial race, has narrowed a list to nine possible Lieutenant Governor running mates including Central Florida Republicans state Reps. Bob Cortes and Scott Plakon and Kissimmee City Commissioner Wanda Rentas.
The report states that POLITICO received the list from anonymous sources, whom the news service identifies as “two top Republicans connected to the campaign.”
In addition to Cortes, Plakon and Rentas, the report lists former VISIT Florida President Ken Lawson, state Sen. Debbie Mayfield, state Reps. Heather Fitzenhagen, and Jeanette Nuñez; Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Laurel Lee, and Duval County Sheriff Mike Williams as being on DeSantis’ list.
POLITICO reports that DeSantis might name his running mate before the Aug. 28 primary, which he is heading toward with a double-digit polls lead over rival Republican Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
Cortes and Plakon, both of Seminole County, might be surprise names on that list as both attended Putnam’s Central Florida campaign headquarters opening in Winter Park last month.