State Rep. Jennifer Carroll, in what may be an audition for another job, gave a rousing introduction for Attorney General Charlie Crist at a dinner-time meeting of the Leaders for Tomorrow Republican Club in downtown Jacksonville. The Green Cove Springs Republican told the group of 75 people, which consists primarily of black Republicans, that Crist did not change his stances on issues just because he was running for higher office and did not "flip-flop." Crist's rival, Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, contends Crist is hard to pin down on such high profile issues as abortion.
"He didn't change his tune just to run for governor,'' said Carroll. "He was consistent. This is C squared. Charlie Crist. Consistent conservative."
The 46-year-old Carroll is viewed by many as a potential running mate for governor. She's a veteran of the U.S. Navy, served as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs under Gov. Jeb Bush, and was the first black female Republican elected to the Florida Legislature. When asked if she has been given a lieutenant governor questionnaire to fill out by the Crist campaign, Carroll refused to answer, smiling and saying "Get out of here." Crist and other top campaign staff have refused to answer any questions about who they may be considering for a running mate.