Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll Steps Down

Kevin Robillard, Politico, March 13, 2013

Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll resigned Wednesday, two days after state law enforcement officials interviewed her about her work for a nonprofit organization under state and federal investigation.

Carroll’s resignation is a blow to her boss, Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who already faces sagging approval ratings and a rebellion on his right over his decision to expand Medicaid ahead of his 2014 reelection bid.

Jennifer Carroll

Jennifer Carroll

A public relations firm Carroll owned did work for Allied Veterans, a group that operated Internet gambling cafes in Florida. Carroll, a naval veteran, also appeared in commercials for the group. Federal agents arrested officials from the nonprofit on Tuesday. Law enforcement officials said the group has dedicated a mere 2 percent of its $290 million in revenue to charity during the past five years.

“Lt. Gov. Carroll resigned in an effort to keep her former affiliation with the company from distracting from the administration’s important work on behalf of Florida Families,” Scott’s chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, told the Florida Times-Union, which first reported the news.

As a black female Republican in statewide office, Carroll’s profile was higher than that of your average Lieutenant Governor. She spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2000 as a congressional candidate, and co-chaired Mitt Romney’s Black Leadership Council in 2012.

As Florida’s governor, Jeb Bush named her the state’s Veterans’ Affairs Secretary. President George W. Bush appointed her to the National Commission on Presidential Scholars, but she stepped down after a CBS investigation discovered her master’s degree was from a diploma mill. {snip}

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  • Bill

    And are we surprised? There are two kinds of blacks. Non-politicians routinely steal through flash mobs, in packs with guns, or target mini-marts and gas stations. Politicians steal through fraud, taking tax payer funded debit and gift cards for themselves, through “charities” which rake it in but give nothing out, through malfeasance, or other means. Bottom line, all blacks steal in one way or another. Those who aren’t politicians or engaging in out right criminal theft – ALL the rest – steal from the tax payer through redistribution of wealth programs, or from gaining government jobs wherein they do no work.

    • BernieGoetzFan

      And she was a Republican! Probably the one black female Republican the oafish Jack Kemp ever recruited over to the GOP despite his pandering, buck dancing and special pleading.

      • Felix_M

        Someone tell me again how conservatives have to broaden the tent.

    • Pelagian

      They don’t steal so much out of evilness or greed, but just because they don’t understand how the system works. they know that there is money to be made from the system, but they just don’t know how to do it with legitimate means. They see white people getting rich and having a lot of money. But they don’t understand the scrimping and saving and planning that goes into that.

    • Cato

      There are, actually, three (not two) types of blacks. The third kind I’m glad to have as fellow citizens: serious about raising good kids, strong work ethic, proud to be Americans. Problem is, the first two types (which you described very well) are way too conspicuous. Some of those posting here might doubt if that third type even exists, but it does–two good examples (among famous men) are Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams (who even wrote a blurb for Jared Taylor’s “Paved with Good Intentions”).

      • The only time Jared Taylor by name, American Renaissance by publication name, and the New Century Foundation by name, have ever been uttered on a “golden EIB microphone” is when Walter Williams was a guest host.

      • Triarius

        But you mentioned only two out of so many potential examples. The black you have described is like Bigfoot, everyone has heard of it and few have seen it.

        This does not justify their existence in our country and certainly not in our neighborhoods.

        Sorry extremely rare, exceptional black man. Because the vast majority of your kind an not only unwanted, but dangerous and counterproductive, you must also leave. Thanks for playing and good luck.

      • You cannot judge an entire race by the actions of a few. Those few being in the above third category.

        • MBlanc46

          This is exactly what race realism should mean.

  • If someone told me black woman was associated with a non-profit that only gave away 2 percent of its $290 million in revenue to charity during the past five years, I would have surely thought $PLC.

    Allied Veterans is a nonprofit organization that operates Internet gambling cafes in Florida.

    Something just doesn’t compute here.

  • joesolargenius

    Unfortunately this is but one of many examples of women ran charities , as they use these charities as their private piggy banks This is being seen all over the country on a regular basis but nobody speaks out for fear of being stigmatized with having slandered an allegedly good deed organization.

  • anmpr1

    Gave 2% eh? TNB. Has anyone ever seen a black tip?

    • bigone4u

      Two percent might be considered generous for blacks, given that thoset tips you refer to are often zero.

      • Pelagian

        “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, tip?”

    • And you know she was questioning that amount!

    • Felix_M

      I waited tables in college. Worst customers for tipping? Blacks and single, middle-aged women.

      • R.R. Option

        Wrong. Sorority girls are the worst.

    • HOW DID I KNOW SHE IS BLACK?

      I knew this as soon as I read the headline. Blacks are now behind everything Evil in America. The rest of the money must have gone to Obama the Mad satan.

  • bigone4u

    I’m going to be hated for this, but I feel sorry for the lady. She tried to lead a successful white type lifestyle, but lacking either the time or ability to get a legit masters, she bought one. That’s fraud, but it’s a trap many have fallen into. Then, there’s nothing in the story about her stealing money from the charity or benefiting from its fraud. Now let me criticize her white promoters. Whites are always looking for the next Great Black Hope: Colin Powell, for example. So whites push their Chosen One into a position of power beyond the ability of the Chosen One. This lady was a Chosen One with enough sense to resign. Too bad Chosen One Obama does not follow her lead.

    • The__Bobster

      Democrats don’t resign. The only way to get rid of them is to send them to prison.

      • Old Soldier

        There is another way with longer-lasting results.

      • Triarius

        And you have to bury them with garlic and a stake through the heart or they’ll awake from their slumber every election day and vote blue, lol.

  • The__Bobster

    As Florida’s governor, Jeb Bush named her the state’s Veterans’ Affairs Secretary. President George W. Bush appointed her to the National Commission on Presidential Scholars, but she stepped down after a CBS investigation discovered her master’s degree was from a diploma mill.
    __________

    Those Bush boys really know how to pick winners.

    • Xerxes22

      The Bush family. The gift that keeps on giving.

      • Pelagian

        Ha! So true

      • Mr Plankton

        Ha! I lol’ed

      • Pelagian

        Ha! That’s do true

  • MobyWhite

    Her blackness gave her the black privilege that propelled her into the upper elite tier. Nobody was supposed to keep looking at what she was doing once she got there.

    Black privilege just hasn’t “moved forward” as far as it will. Soon, black elites will be protected from all legal scrutiny, except for tribal warfare.

  • Guest

    2%!!! Wow. Those Democrats. I’m sure they justified everything they did to each other.

  • Reade

    The fact is that she is just one of a number of selazy politicians that have come out of Florida. Charlie Crist, (closet homosexual), Rick Scott (psychopath), Mark Rubio (sleazy opportunist). Bob Allen (bathroom sex stall predator). It goes on and on. Ms.Carroll fit in with Florida politics perfectly.

  • Jeffrey

    Rick Scott is a sleazebag. So it come as no surprise to me that he would have another sleazebag as his #2.

    Remember, Rick Scott’s Columbia/HCA medical firm was fined a WHOPPING $1.7 BILLION dollars in Medicare fraud.

    You ask why Medicare is going broke, the answer is sleazebags like Rick Scott stealing from it.

    • anmpr1

      The only reason Scott is governor is that his primary opponent was a phony-baloney career Republican politician who had a history of running on term limits. Anyone could see through that. Scott barely pulled out the win, as it was. Everyone suspected that he was a crook, and that his choice of a black woman for LT was simply a cynical move to promote “good will” among blacks, and give him some AA cover. See how that is working out?

      In another generation Florida will be completely Blue, as our amigos from south of the border (and PR) become the majority. This will bode ill at the state level, since concealed carry will then be in jeopardy, and without it, how will Whites protect themselves from the rising tide of color?

      • PesachPatriot

        I’m not a big fan of rick scott and disliked him from his initial campaign a few years ago….ho hum another corrupt politician…what a shocker….Florida has had 3rd world governmental corruption for decades. I don’t think the hispanic population here is very interested in repealing concealed carry or stand your ground laws, since its hispanics who usually have to deal with the worst urban american nonsense in west palm beach, ft. lauderdale and miami. Almost every gun show I have ever gone to here is majority hispanic….the real threat to florida’s pro-2nd amendment are people like my british born sister in law who is a fanatical anti-gun lib of the “civilized countries and people don’t need those things” type….lots of people move here from NY, NJ, CT and MA or Canada and the UK and try to impose their “progressive” values and ideas on people who don’t want them. I always try explaining to these brain dead types that CCP and pro-2nd laws actually benefit non gun owners since they don’t need to spend money on firearms and ammo, but criminals still avoid them and their property because they don’t know who’s packing heat and who isn’t.

  • Tom Iron

    I’m amused…

  • james baker

    Why is it these Karl Rove type Republicans believe they must have a black on the ticket to win when they don’t get one single percentage point more of the black vote no matter what they do?

    Scott was taking a big chance by selecting a black, because most all of them have one kind of baggage or another.

    If this had come out during the campaign season before the 2010 election, I doubt he would have been elected.

    I know people who voted for him in spite of having a black on the ticket, but I know of no one who voted for him because he did.

    The GOP management is as out-of-touch with the average person than the politicos in Washington who have lived off the public dole for years and have little understanding about the real world, and it is they the local politicians take advice from.

    • Rickroller Scott also flip flopped on ObamaCare. Just like two other Republican Governors elected in the Red Wave of 2010: Rickroller Snyder (Michigan) and John Kasich (Ohio). Even Jan Brewer is now for ObamaCare, but I tend to give her a pass because of SB 1070 and that alone.
      Don’t forget, the mentality of “having a black on the ticket” is one that even Pat Buchanan once succumbed to.

  • bubo

    We have one of these Allied Veterans casinos near where I live. Place was always packed. Evidently they skirted the laws by using non cash payouts or something. Always seemed kind of low rent to me. I figured they were making somebody a boatload of cash though, and they were. It’s taking down some big fish here in FL.

  • JJCULLEN

    I worked armed security at Allied Veterans in North Florida, the place was 90% black including the employees, the place pulled in $ 5000 a day cash money.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    I don’t think 2% really constitutes a “charity”. My understanding is that the legal minimum is 15%.

  • jeffaral

    Big deal: another affirmative action Black “scholar”.

  • Felix_M

    You can take them outta the ‘hood, but you can’t take the hood out of them.