Update 10:45 a.m.: Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has resigned amidst a criminal investigation involving her consulting firm. As the Florida Times-Union first reported, Carroll’s firm did work for internet café operator Allied Veterans of the World. Its owners were recently arrested on racketeering charges.
Susan MacManus, a political expert at the University of South Florida, said, Carroll’s resignation could hurt Gov. Rick Scott and his chances of reelection.
“I think with the lieutenant governor, as is true with vice presidents, it is not helpful when your No. 2 in command, who’s been selected by you, has problems that result in resignation,” she said.
Carroll submitted a brief resignation letter Tuesday morning, saying simply, “It has been an honor to have served the state of Florida in this capacity.” She has not been charged with any crime.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has not yet commented on the resignation. He’s expected to address the media this afternoon.
TALLAHASSEE (AP) – Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has resigned amid fallout from an investigation into internet cafes that are fronts for gambling.
Carroll’s resignation was announced Wednesday, one day after she gave her resignation letter to Gov. Rick Scott. His chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, said her resignation was spurred by an investigation into the Allied Veterans of the World.
Officials from that non-profit internet cafe company were recently arrested on racketeering charges. The owner was arrested Tuesday in connection to allegations that he made $290 million after supplying illegal gambling software in Florida and claiming the games’ proceeds would benefit a veterans group. Authorities also interviewed Carroll.
Carroll’s ties to the company were questioned when she was in the Legislature when she proposed a bill that would benefit Internet cafes.
You can read the 130 page search warrant here.
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