Carl Littlefield, tapped by Gov. Rick Scott to lead the Agency for Person's with Disabilities, unexpectedly withdrew his name from consideration and said he wasn't seeking the post. Littlefield was scheduled to appear 9 a.m. at the Senate Children Families and Elder Affairs Committee, where Chair Chair Ronda Storms was going to rake him over the coals for his handling of a sex scandal at the Human Development Center, a Hillsborough County APD provider
The center faces allegations of sex abuse and lax supervision. Storms' committee recently sent a scathing letter about the matter, and Littlefield had little hope of surviving an in-person appearance.
Senators had wondered why the abuse issues at the group home had not been addressed in the more than two years since complaints first arrived at the office of the Tampa Bay region's area administrator, Littlefield.
"In two years, he never reached out to me," said Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico, who called the hearing after reading an investigation in the St. Petersburg Times published in December. "In two years, he never picked up the phone."
Littlefield's letter withdrawing his nomination, released this morning after Scott appeared on a conservative talk show, was received by the governor's office yesterday evening at 5 p.m.