Joe Gruters says he’s a long shot for CFO position, but appreciates the mention

Sarasota Republican Party Chairman and House District 73 Representative Joe Gruters said on Wednesday that he’d be a “long-shot” to be selected by Governor Rick Scott to succeed Jeff Atwater as Florida Chief Financial Officer once Atwater leaves the office in May.
Gruters appeared on Tampa Bay area radio station News Talk 820 WWBA on Wednesday afternoon with guest host David Jolly. The former CD 13 Representative said that Gruters had shown his loyalty to Scott and President Trump when he backed both candidates when both were considered outliers within the GOP, and that Scott would reward such loyalty by picking Gruters to succeed Atwater later this year.
“Well Congressman, that’s so nice off you to say,” Gruters responded, as Jolly laughed.
“Even to be mentioned with some of these other names that are being popped up is an incredible honor,” Gruters continued. “I don’t know who it’s going to be. My guess is that I’m a long shot candidate, there’s other great candidates like (Jacksonville Mayor) Lenny Curry, Pat Neal, who’s a great friend of mine in Manatee County who would be a strong 2018 contender. But here’s the deal: you never know. Listen, I’m going to continue to fight for jobs and economic development no matter what the position I’m in, whether it’s state House or anything else.”
“Joe, you’re a winner in Florida politics,” replied Jolly, guest-hosting for regular host Dan Maduri. “It wouldn’t surprise me if either now or in the future we’re talking about Joe Gruters in a Cabinet position.”
Atwater says he will leave the CFO position after the regular legislative session ends in May. Scott has given no indication about who he will select to replace him.
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