Florida Dems missed an opportunity for magnanimity with its response to news of Carroll’s resignation

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In response to the news that Jennifer Carroll had resigned as Lieutenant Governor of Florida, the Florida Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairwoman Allison Tant:

“Floridians expected an administration focused on solving the problems facing Florida’s families, but instead got a scandal plagued Governor and a revolving staff door. Rick Scott and his administration have made a mockery of the Governor’s office — embarrassing Floridians while failing to accomplish his legislative priorities. Scott campaigned on changing Tallahassee but his first three years have been more of the same corruption and waste that taxpayers have come to expect from Florida Republicans.”

At first brush, such a partisan attack might seem appropriate, but, as a colleague convinced me, such a response is infantile and tacky. It’s only one step removed from trailer park language.

There will be more than enough time to dance on Carroll’s grave and to disembowel Scott and his Dragon Lady at Williams & Connolly for their piss-poor record as talent scouts. But, as my colleague reminded me, “When you were in utero and Florida worked better than it does now, a moment like this would be an occasion for a moment of sadness for our state, and for the family that Carroll, through her own greed and hubris, has injured in ways that will not be fully understood for years, and possibly generations.”
 
Tant could have deferred gratification for a nanosecond, possibly improving the Democratic Party’s reputation for being utterly unable to defer gratification. Or, she could show the world how well-deserved that reputation is. 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.