Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll Resigns Amid Gambling Scandal, Racketeering Probe

Source: Domenico Montanaro / NBC News

Florida’s embattled Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll (R), the first African American elected statewide and first woman to serve as lieutenant governor, has resigned amid a gambling, racketeering, and conflict-of-interest scandal.

“Effective immediately, I hereby resign the Office of Lieutenant Governor of the State of Florida. It has been an honor to have served the State of Florida in this capacity,” Carroll wrote in a brief letter to Gov. Rick Scott (R).

Carroll had been seen as a rising Republican star before a rash of bad headlines. She served as one of the national chairmen for 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s “Black Leadership Council” with ex-Rep. Allen West (R-FL) and now-Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).

Both West and Scott are featured speakers at CPAC 2013, which kicks off tomorrow in the Washington area. Carroll spoke at CPAC Florida in 2011, but was not invited to the national conference this year.

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