Broward's Bogdanoff downplays lt gov talk, but leaves door open

Former state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, downplayed the notion that she might be the replacement for Florida’s newly departed lieutenant governor, but she didn't completely dismiss the idea.

“Right now it’s just blog chatter,” she said Thursday morning.

Bogdanoff, who was defeated for re-election in November, was the top Republican elected from Broward and Palm Beach counties in recent years. Some pundits have included her on lists of possible replacements in the wake of this week’s resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.

“It’s flattering for people to think that I would be considered. I have not received any calls from the governor’s office. A lot of what’s going on is speculation at this point,” she said. “If the governor’s office calls, I’m willing to have that conversation.”

At the same time, she noted one her big potential pluses: “I certainly think that having somebody who is strong in Broward and Palm Beach counties could be of benefit to the governor. We don’t have many strong Republicans in Broward and Palm Beach counties.”

Bogdanoff brings two other demographic pluses to the ticket: she’s a woman and she’s Jewish, which could help the re-election seeking governor appeal to some voters who might otherwise lean Democratic.

Gov. Rick Scott, who public opinion polls report is deeply unpopular, is running for re-election next year. He’s said he won’t make a lieutenant governor pick until after the spring legislative session ends.