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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 

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