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April 5, 2013

Lieutenant gov. resigns after charity scandal

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —

“I did not file that bill, nor did I give permission to file that bill. My aide at the time was overzealous,” Carroll said. “Once she filed it, I shared with her that that was not my intent, that we needed to pull that bill.”

She said Scott was aware of the work when he asked her to be his running mate.

“This was part of my vetting,” she said. “Everything was on the table. My association with clients, my degrees, my time in the service, my time in the Legislature, all my bills, all my media press clips. All of that was discussed. So this wasn’t anything that was new to anybody.”

She said Scott hasn’t spoken to her since her resignation March 12, but she has stayed loyal and praised his work.

“You know what I’d tell him? Thanks for the opportunity for the wonderful job that he afforded me. He afforded me to make history, to show to many minorities and women that they too can reach high levels, they have to just be prepared when the door opens,” Carroll said.

She was the first woman elected to her position. While Toni Jennings also served as lieutenant governor, she was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush after Frank Brogan resigned to become president of Florida Atlantic University. Other than Supreme Court Justice Joseph Hatchett in 1976, no other African-American has been elected to a statewide position in Florida.

Scott’s office wouldn’t talk about the specifics of her resignation, other than to say she agreed her past relationship with Allied Veterans would be a distraction.

“Out of respect to her and her family, we are not commenting further about her discussions with our office or law enforcement, except to say that she made the right decision,” said Scott spokeswoman Melissa Sellers in a written statement.

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