Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll (R) "told The Florida Times-Union on Wednesday she felt cheated by" Gov. Rick Scott (R) "and his top staff for abandoning her 13 months ago when she was abruptly asked to resign the state's second highest office. It was her first interview with the Times-Union since she left office in March 2013." Carroll discussed her exit from the state's second highest post and an "upcoming tell-all biography, to be released Aug. 27."
"I felt so betrayed," Carroll said. "I felt that the loyalty that I gave I didn't receive in return," and said "I was a bit naive ... in how treacherous and backstabbing the political game could be." Carroll also "said she felt shunned from the beginning of Scott's first term and believes he used her to get votes from blacks and former supporters of" former state Attorney General Bill McCollum (R), "whom Carroll backed before Scott defeated him in the 2010 Republican primary."
"Carroll hinted at the potential explosiveness of her biography when, with a shy smile, she declined to give her evaluation of Scott's first-term in office. 'I'll save that for the book,' she said." (Florida Times-Union)
STATE GOP LEADER OUT. "Lenny Curry, who is considering a run for Jacksonville mayor, will announce he is stepping down as chairman of the Florida Republican Party on Thursday"¦Curry will stay on as chair through the end of May." (Florida Times-Union)