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Rick Scott's lieutenant gov., Jennifer Carroll, quits amid federal gambling racketeering case

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has abruptly resigned after the firm she once consulted for is linked to Jacksonvillle racketeering case (background here).

"Effectively immediately, I hereby resign the Office of Lieutenant Governor of the State of Florida. It has been an honor to have served the State of Florida in this capacity," she wrote in her resignation letter. Download Carroll

Gov. Rick Scott plans a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

Carroll, whose son plays for the Miami Dolphins, ran for Congress in 2000 as a political newcomer. She lost to Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown despite outspending Brown 2-1. In 2001, Carroll said she talked with Vice President Dick Cheney about a job on his staff.

Later that year, Carroll was nominated by Gov. Jeb Bush to run Florida's Department of Veterans Affairs. Her nomination was confirmed. She resigned about a year later to run again for Congress. She lost.

In 2003, she was elected to the state House in District 13, where she has served ever since. She was appointed deputy majority leader by Speaker Johnnie Byrd in 2003 and served as a majority whip from 2004-2006.

News of a shakeup in Scott's administration began rippling through Florida political circles last night. The Times Union reported the resignation first

--Tia Mitchell 

This bulletin will be updated as more information becomes available.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/13/3283230/florida-lt-gov-jennifer-carroll.html#storylink=cpy

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Donald Duckey

Now we need Rick Scott outta there!!!

BMatias

I wonder if Carroll thinks she looks like a crook or does she think crooks don't look like her?

Bill

Where is Lenny Curry?

grunt.gunny

Exposure of my Party which I totally can't trust anymore...Crook is to kind of a discription Magots would be a complement...

PS

Who will @FlGovScott tap to replace Carroll?

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TampaFL_News

I don't think Pam Bondi will accept that job appointment.

S. Duane England

Demonstrates the fallacy of the GOP's lust to find a 'black face' to prove they aren't racists.

puh-leese

Non 'black faces' do and have done this. According to reports (http://www.examiner.com/article/florida-elects-rick-scott-who-admitted-to-14-counts-of-medicare-fraud), then HCA CEO 'Slick' Rick resigned amid the controversy of Medicare fraud so the LG's action is not surprising.

Not sure that the GOPs are lusting to find a 'black face' but they do need black faces with a particular moral and ethical constitution and then...no skeletons in the closet, no junk in the trunk, no cash in the freezer, meat-eating, consealed weapon license carrying, book reading, married with a football playing son and ballet dancing girl, small government wanting, independently wealthy 'black face'.

richard columbare

Greed and lack of morals comes in all races, creeds and colors. Lets call it equal opportunity sin. But some states seem to have the market cornered,and we certainly have our share.

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