Gov. Rick Scott will host a reception Monday night at the governor’s mansion for former Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong, who lost his job when he failed to get through the Senate confirmation process earlier this year.
The evening reception was announced on Scott’s daily schedule, released Monday morning.
Armstrong, who as surgeon general was also the secretary of the Florida Department of Health, had held the post since 2012. He faced questions about issues such as a steep drop in the number of people receiving services from county health departments and Florida’s highest-in-the-nation rate for new HIV infections. Armstrong also was questioned about Children’s Medical Services, a program for youngsters with “chronic and serious” conditions that last year dropped more than 13,000 kids from its rolls.
Despite public pressure from Scott for the Senate to confirm Armstrong during the 2016 session, Armstrong narrowly got through a single committee. A confirmation vote was never taken on the Senate floor.