In his first statement since Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll's resignation, Gov. Rick Scott called it "very disappointing" and said "everything is on the table" concerning new restrictions on Internet cafes. He said any Allied Veterans campaign contributions to his campaign would be donated to charity.
"It's very disappointing to have to bring this news to you," Scott said. Asked whether all Internet cafes should be closed down, Scott said, "Look, with this news, everything is on the table. I look forward to working with the House and the Senate to review this, but that issue's on the table." He did not specifically say he supported a statewide ban on the cafes.
Scott met a horde of reporters and cameramen in a corner of the patio on the west side of the state Capitol in Tallahassee, and answered questions for about three minutes. He said he would not discuss details of the criminal investigation, and would not speculate on possible replacements for Carroll, saying he would not choose a new lieutenant governor until after the legislative session ends in May.
Carroll did consulting work in 2009 and 2010 for Allied Veterans, a non-profit that operated a string of Internet cafes and is at the center of a major criminal racketeering case.