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Gov. Scott on embattled Lt. Gov. Carroll: 'She's done a great job'



It has been a rough few weeks for Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. But Gov. Rick Scott said today that she handled those recently controversies appropriately and is focused on the right things. The governor also indicated that he still plans to keep Carroll as his running mate when he campaigns for re-election in 2014.

“She’s done a great job, why wouldn’t I?” he said.

Last month, Carroll apologizes to the gay and lesbian community after making remarks to a TV station that were labeled as anti-gay. She said the comments while defending herself against former aide Carletha Cole's allegations that she caught Carroll in a "compromising position" with another female staffer.

Scott said he didn't talk to Carroll about the statement she made to the TV crew -- "usually black women that look like me don't engage in relationships like that," she said -- but he believes she responded correctly.

"She apologized, and she did the right thing," the governor said.

Carroll is currently on a trade mission with Enterprise Florida that includes her home country, Trinidad. Scott said that is where the focus should be when it comes to the activities of his second-in-command.

“What she’s trying to do is do the same thing I’m doing as far as get jobs going," Scott said. "That’s why she’s now down in Trinidad and Tobago on a trade delegation, and she’s going to continue to focus on the things that are important to the state.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 12:28pm]


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