FL-Gov. Rick Scott Blasted In Book By Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll
Matt | On 29, Aug 2014
Welcome to the battle of the Florida politicos!
Former Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to her former boss Gov. Rick Scott. Carroll will release her book titled, “When You Get There,” next week highlighting her contentious relationship with Scott and also more positive milestones in her successful career.
You may remember that Carroll resigned her position abruptly in March 2013 amid a brewing scandal about some public relations work she did for a shady veterans organization. Carroll was never charged with any crime. She claims Scott’s people forced her to resign to make the governor look good.
In the book, according to the Tampa Bay Times, Scott never connected with Carroll or many of his African-American constituents on a personal level. He touted her in public but privately ignored her.
I can see Carroll’s story having some merit after thinking about all the negative coverage Scott has received since taking office in 2011. As of June 2014, his approval rating was at 39 percent in the state with 48 percent of the people voicing their disapproval with his work.
I will just go ahead and say it. Jennifer Carroll was used by Rick Scott and his team to create an image of diversity on his election ticket. From Carroll’s claims, Scott had no real interest in engaging Carroll in a meaningful way during her time in office. The governor’s disconnect with the African-American community before, during, and after the time Carroll worked with him proves this.
Not all Republicans are bad and I respect Carroll’s right to be a conservative woman of color. There always is a bit of personal apprehension, however, when I see ONE black prominent face among a sea of white conservatives. It is the scenarios that Carroll describes that cause me to feel this way. I do not want to see any minority used as a token, a slot, or simply an accessory for empty “inclusion” rhetoric.
God bless Carroll in her attempt to clear her name and set the record straight.