Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll doesn’t have fond memories of serving with Gov. Rick Scott. In an autobiography released in time for the fall campaign, Scott’s running mate from four years ago, said after the 2010 election she was treated like “an unwanted stepchild.”
Carroll’s book is titled “When You Get There,” and will be released Wednesday, in time for her birthday and the start of Scott’s fall reelection campaign. It tells of growing up in Trinidad and Brooklyn, serving 20 years in the Navy and being the only black Republican in the Florida House.
She said she was surprised by the offer to be Scott’s running mate and stunned three years later when she was pressured to resign after being questioned by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement about work her public relations firm had done for Internet cafes. She was accused of no wrongdoing.
Carroll wrote she her relationship with Scott was distant and she began to suspect that her selection as a running mate was just to curry favor among female and black voters. She described the administration as a “boys club” and said Scott showed no interest in her ideas to reach out to black and Hispanic voters. She viewed a suggestion of being named a department secretary as an attempt to cast her aside.
“That way, the governor wouldn’t have to deal with me regularly or have to share the spotlight,” Carroll wrote.
While part of the administration, Carroll had to have a Scott deputy with her at all meetings. She explained she agreed to resign in part because of her military background trained her to support a command decision. She was informed of the decision when handed a one-sentence resignation letter.
Carroll is now a political analyst for WJXT in Jacksonville.
“When You Get There” is published by Advantage and will be available through Amazon.com Sept. 1.