MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida Governor Rick Scott’s campaign is getting slammed in a new book by his former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.
Her book “When You Get There” goes on sale next week. It’s about her two years in office and it doesn’t paint a pretty picture of Rick Scott or his staff.
Carroll, a retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander and former state representative, was the first black woman lieutenant governor of Florida. She said she wrote the 173-page book to inspire others to overcome adversity and to believe in the power of family, friends and prayer.
Carroll writes that Scott showed no interest in reaching out to black and Hispanic voters in 2010, so she did over his campaign’s objections. During Scott’s inaugural celebration, she writes, “I was treated like an unwanted stepchild.” And when she wanted to talk to the governor, she said, she was told to ask for an appointment with his scheduler.
She told CBS4’s Eliott Rodriguez in a telephone interview Tuesday that Scott and his staffers were controlling, and made her feel irrelevant and humiliated, especially when she was asked to resign.
“I felt humiliated by Governor Scott not going directly to me and asking for my resignation rather than sending a staffer. I should have at least had that courtesy from the Governor in asking for my resignation. I thought that he would have valued me a little bit more and given me and shown me a little more respect,” she said.
She also told Eliott that she was even told how to dress on a couple of occasions.
“Oh yeah, yeah, because I was known as one of the best dressed females in Tallahassee and this really took me aback because his chief of staff would want to or felt comfortable enough to tell me how to dress.”
Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Governor released this statement:
“Jennifer Carroll made the right decision for her family by resigning. We appreciate her service to the state.”
Carroll resigned last year amid allegations that she received income from Allied Veterans of the World, a group a group linked to Internet cafes that were closed after investigators uncovered widespread fraud.
Carroll was not charged with any wrongdoing. Carroll has a new career as a political commentator for a Jacksonville TV station.
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