FLORIDA

Scott’s Former Lieutenant Governor Releasing “˜Tell-All’ Book

Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll (R) said she felt “betrayed” by Scott when she was forced to step down.

Karyn Bruggeman
May 1, 2014, 7:15 a.m.

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)

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