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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:45 PM

Citing 'media focus,' Gov. Scott's jobs czar resigns

Source: Tampa Bay Times

DECEMBER 04, 2012
Citing 'media focus,' Gov. Scott's jobs czar resigns

For the third time in less than a year, Gov. Rick Scott will be seeking a new chief of the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Scott's $140,000-a-year jobs czar, Hunting Deutsch, abruptly resigned his post Tuesday in the midst of the governor's four-day trade mission in Bogota, Colombia.

The governor's office confirmed Deutsch's resignation.

In a two-page letter of resignation dated Dec. 4 and submitted to the governor, Deutsch wrote: "I find the current media focus on my personal matters a distraction to the Agency and your administration and believe it best for me to leave. I trust this will be sufficient transition time to develop a succession plan."

Deutsch, a former banking executive, drew controversy recently following revelations, first reported by The Florida Current news site, that he had collected state unemployment benefits between 2009 and 2011. He was hired in June to replace Doug Darling, who resigned in April. During the interim, DEO was run by the state's former top workforce executive, Cynthia Lorenzo.


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Judi Lynn Dec 2012 OP
Dont call me Shirley Dec 2012 #1
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tanyev Dec 2012 #3
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:47 PM

1. Oh so he's ripping off the taxpayers, ey?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:51 PM

2. i collected benefits in Florida during that period

and every week I had to swear that I was looking for work. Further, I maxed out at 50 weeks.

Deutsch reportedly began receiving government benefits in 2009 after he was laid off from his executive position at BankUnited, where he was employed for 35 years. According to the AP, Deutsch also received a confidential severance from the bank, which failed that year and was seized by federal regulators.

The Florida Current first reported Deutsch nearly maxed out on more than $25,000 in government benefits paid at the maximum of $275 per week over 91 weeks between 2009 and 2011 -- a period during which he and his wife took multiple trips abroad despite a state law requiring unemployment recipients to be available to work.

"At the end of the day, Iím fortunate enough where Iíve worked for very successful companies for a long period of time and luckily sold all my bank stocks -- most of them at the right time, at the right price -- and quite frankly, didnít have to work," Deutsch told the Current in early November. "So my wife and I took time off and traveled a good bit; we were in Europe several times."

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:24 PM

3. 'Hunting Deutsch'?

You got to be kidding me.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:16 AM

4. Snort.......

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