Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll decided to face the cameras this past weekend and defend herself against accusations by a former employee who said she caught Carroll in "a compromising position" with another woman in her capitol office.
While at a campaigning event for Mitt Romney in St. Petersburg, the lieutenant governor made a racially-charged comment suggesting that attractive black women “like her” are not lesbians.
Here’s exactly what Carroll told Tampa Bay’s WPST:
|“The problem is that when you have these accusations that come out, it’s not just one person you’re attacking. It’s an entire family. My husband doesn’t want to hear that. He knows the type of woman I am. I mean, my kids know the type of woman I am. For twenty-nine years—I’m the one that’s married for twenty-nine years. The accuser is the one that’s been single for a long time. So usually black women that look like me don’t engage in relationships like that.” |
The lesbian accusations against the Republican politician surfaced last Thursday, when ex-staffer Carletha Cole revealed she witnessed the alleged encounter between Carroll and her travel aide Beatriz Ramos after being arrested for leaking a recording of private conversations between Carroll’s chief of staff and a Florida newspaper, Reuters reported.
According to WPST, Cole has been subjected to a polygraph regarding her testimony, and a retired FDLE agent said "she passed.”
Carroll, a Republican, is a former state legislator and the first female elected as lieutenant governor. She is also the first black politician elected to any statewide office.
Watch Carroll’s inflammatory comments: