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Rick Scott-Jennifer Carroll, the awkward pairing

From left to right, Jennifer Carroll, Rick Scott and Ann Scott during a pre-inauguration event in January 2011.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

From left to right, Jennifer Carroll, Rick Scott and Ann Scott during a pre-inauguration event in January 2011.

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Slowly but surely, the Rick Scott-Jennifer Carroll pairing looked awkward.

The latest sign of Carroll's growing irrelevance came last week. In Scott's annual State of the State address to the Legislature, Carroll merited a passing one-sentence mention. The Miami port director, Bill Johnson, received more time.

Scott called Carroll "tireless" Wednesday, and once described her as the hardest-working lieutenant governor in the country. But if she was, it was hard for anybody to see.

She had few duties other than chairing a board promoting the space industry, and every time she made news it seemed to be negative, to the point where it was widely believed Scott would have chosen someone else to be his running mate in 2014.

He dodged that question Wednesday.

"It doesn't matter now," he said.

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