Kevin McCarty's days as head of the Florida Office of InsuranceRegulation are limited, according to numerous reports.


Gov. Rick Scott has confirmed that he is considering replacingMcCarty, who has served as the Florida Insurance Commissioner since2003. Reports spread that the governor was looking to shake up hisadministration as he begins his second term–and that shake upincluded eyeing Louisiana Deputy Commissioner of ConsumerAdvocacy Ron Henderson for McCarty's position.


According to the Tampa Bay Times, Gov. Scott's officeissued a statement in response to the speculation that confirmedrumors. The statement reads:

"As we made the transition to a second term in office, RonHenderson was brought up as a possible candidate for Commissionerof OIR. We reached out and asked for his resume. We did not discussMr. Henderson with other Cabinet staff. As the governor said lastweek, the next Cabinet meeting would be a good time to discuss aprocess to begin a full search for new candidates to lead OIR, OFRand DOR. The governor believes government needs to be morelike business and frequently change leadership to bring in newideas and fresh energy."

However, it may not be that easy for Scott to replaceMcCarty. According to the Times, the commissionerof the Office of Insurance Regulation is one of several appointedexecutives that report to the entire elected Cabinet–not just thegovernor–meaning McCarty also reports to CFO Jeff Atwater,Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, and Attorney General PamBondi.


In December of last year, Scott's office ousted Gerald Bailey,then-commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement(FDLE), without the knowledge of the other Cabinet members–much tothe dismay of the Cabinet. Atwater and Putnam have called for afull explanation from Scott and an outside investigation of thematter. A public discussion of the controversy will beheld at a Cabinet meeting later this week.


If Scott's office tries to replace McCarty without consultingCabinet members, it could further tensions between the governor andthe Cabinet–and it seems like Scott has no problem with that.According to the statement released by Scott's office, the governorexplored Henderson as a replacement for McCarty without consultingCabinet members.

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