This picture may explain why it took the Okla. AG, and not Pam Bondi, to get to bottom of Jennifer Carroll story

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One astute reader asked me today why it took the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office — and not Florida AG Pam Bondi — to fully investigate allegations against Allied Veterans of the World and the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police for their involvement in a national racketeering investigation.

Well another astute reader supplied the probable answer. It’s in the picture to the right. 

That’s State Attorney Angela Corey and Jacksonville FOP president Nelson Cuba, who was arrested yesterday, pictured with Bondi. 

A source who has followed this investigation for three years says Bondi was too close to Corey, and therefore Cuba, to appropriately investigate the allegations which have now led to the downfall of Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll.

Bondi’s office disputes this last claim.

“The execution of the arrest and search warrants were orchestrated among all of the states, and Oklahoma was specifically chosen to occur first,” writes Bondi spokeswoman Jennifer Meale. “That was a strategic decision made by investigators, it is in no way an indication that Florida lagged in any way.”

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.