Rick Scott and Marco Rubio should turn away troubled NOAA nominee

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency that oversees the National Weather Service has had allegations of sexual harassment brought against him, and there are also concerns about possible conflicts of interest regarding his private company, AccuWeather. (story HERE).

It is my opinion that heading into hurricane season, our Senators, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, need to vote against the appointment of this nominee, Barry Myers.

If you look past the $292,000 settlement for the allegations brought against him, or what has been described as his “antagonistic” behavior against the agency he now wants to lead, you must consider what kind of job he’ll do in the position, and the possibility he may fail us during our time in need. Before, during, and after a hurricane, when Floridians need these agencies the most.

Do we really want to take that chance?

It’s possible Rubio will opt for another nominee. He’s not afraid to oppose President on some carefully examined policy issues or personnel decisions.

The junior Senator, Rick Scott? That’s a little more complicated.

Scott rarely opposes or sidesteps the President. He was an unofficial supporter of Trump during his Presidential campaign, and was rewarded when Trump campaigned for Scott last year and energized the base. Scott also voted for Myers in committee, it’s unclear if he’ll flip during the next vote.

If anyone should understand how important this position is, it should be the two lawmakers who have lead the state through multiple hurricanes.

Bad leadership could mean potential for more casualties during weather disasters and more suffering for the people of Florida.

Let’s look at another nominee for this very important position and let’s be thorough. By the time we know if the right person was selected for the job, it will already be too late.

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