Halsey Beshears confirmation—again—falls short of unanimous vote
When it comes to Halsey Beshears, voting against him once just isn’t enough for Sen. José Javier Rodríguez.
The Miami-Dade Democrat on Tuesday again voted against confirming Beshears, Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ nominee for Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).
Rodríguez voted ‘no’ on Beshears, a Monticello Republican, at an Ethics and Elections Committee meeting, just as he had previously at an Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government.
Rodríguez’s issue stems from DBPR’s inaction on condominium complaints, a problem that the senator says has hit his South Florida constituents particularly hard.
The lawmaker said he’s not voting to confirm Beshears unless the nominee brings forward a plan to fix the backlog going forward: “I don’t doubt he understands the problem,” Rodríguez admitted of Beshears in comments before Tuesday’s hearing.
Still, Beshears was confirmed with a 4-1 vote Tuesday. In fact, the Ethics and Elections Committee signed off on a spate of other DeSantis appointees.
The committee also held confirmation hearings for Secretary of State Laurel Lee, Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Secretary Simone Marstiller and Department of Management Services (DMS) Secretary Jonathan Satter.
Those three sailed through without opposition.
As to Beshears, however, Rodríguez said he couldn’t “vote for his confirmation, or the