Jennifer Carroll's gives first TV interview since resignation
Former Florida lieutenant governor talks involvement with Allied Veterans, her future
Nearly four weeks after she resigned as Florida lieutenant governor as the Internet cafe scandal became public, Jennifer Carroll answered questions about her involvement with Allied Veterans of the World, her decision and her future.
Aside from one interview with the Associated Press, Carroll hasn't made any public comments since her resignation on March 12.
WJXT-TV reports Carroll opened by saying she that while she did not break any laws, she was asked to resign.
"I didn't do anything wrong, but the decision to step away from office was the right decision because, clearly, my name, being the top elected official and the title that I had brings sensational stories," Carroll told WJXT-TV. "It would have detracted from the governor doing his work -- his legislative agenda and his political campaign."
Carroll lives in Fleming Island and represented Clay County in the Florida Legislature prior to joining Rick Scott's ticket for governor in 2010.
Carroll said her being questioned by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was appropriate because she did work for Allied Veterans of the World in 2009. She said the work was limited to public relations and she never lobbied for the organization.
"I had a one-year contract to do public relations," Carroll said. "When I joined the campaign -- the Scott campaign -- is when I terminated that contract."
Carroll said that seconds after the FDLE agents left her office, Scott's chief of staff -- Adam Hollingsworth -- told her the governor asked that she resign.
"As a good soldier and military person, when the commander-in-chief gives a direct order, you abide," Carroll said. "The governor has a state to run and he doesn't need to be distracted for things like this -- which doesn't have any merit."
While she got a note from Scott thanking her for her service, she has not heard from him since her resignation.
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