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Gov. Scott In No Hurry To Replace Carroll

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Five months after Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned as lieutenant governor, Rick Scott is moving slowly to replace her.

Carroll resigned after she was questioned by law enforcement authorities about work she did for a charity accused of running an illegal gambling ring.

Carroll has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

But since March, the Republican governor has focused on other functions of his job instead of searching for a second-in-command.

That opened Scott up to critics who say he has a duty to appoint a lieutenant governor.

Florida’s constitution says there “shall” be a lieutenant governor, but there is nothing in state law that says how quickly the governor must appoint someone. Constitutional scholars say it is unlikely any court would order the governor to act.

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