Did no one pull Carlos Lopez-Cantera aside and warn him? Being Florida's lieutenant governor is a jinx on political careers.
Lopez-Cantera, or CLC as some call him, may find that being LGCLC is not the beginning but the end of his political career.
Since the adoption of the 1968 state Constitution reinstating the office of lieutenant governor, not one of Florida's 10 previous lieutenant governors have been able to win higher office. Not one. Some have tried, all have failed.
Jim Williams, Tom Adams, Buddy MacKay - each ran for governor and lost.
Toni Jennings considered running for governor and decided against it.
Jeff Kottkamp ran for attorney general and lost.
Two did become governor. Wayne Mixson was governor for three days - January 3-6, 1987. Mixson took office because Gov. Bob Graham needed to resign to be sworn in as Florida's new United States Senator.
Mixson, who is now 91, retired from politics after those three days. Perhaps there is a message there for ambitious LGs. Mixson did get an official portrait leaving many to wonder - who is that?