Rick Scott says he won't pick new LG until after session ends

Carroll, Florida's first black official elected statewide, consulted for Allied Veterans in 2009-2010 when she was serving in the Florida House of Representatives. She was interviewed on Tuesday by FDLE agents, and resigned shortly afterward.


Scott said Carroll's resignation "made the right thing for the state and her family." He said he appreciated the efforts she made as LG.


"She was tireless. She put a lot of effort into military and to getting jobs going, and I'm very grateful for her service," the governor said.


Scott said he asked officials with political action committees "Let's Get to work" and "Rick Scott for governor" to find out if they received any financial contributions from Allied Veterans, or any affiliated companies named in the investigation, and if so, that they be given to charity.


"I have zero tolerance for this type of criminal activity," he said.


The governor said he would concentrate on his two main objectives during the legislative session: getting the Legislature to approve his plan to give all school teachers a $2,500 one-time bonus, and getting a new sales tax exemption for manufacturers that purchase industrial equipment and machinery.


When asked if he thought Carroll broke the law, Scott said he had no knowledge of that being the case. He said it was "very disappointing" to have to talk about it.


When asked if he thought this should be the death knell of Internet cafes, which local governments in the Bay area have already been working on, Scott said "everything is on the table." Earlier today, state Sen. John Thrasher said he'd like to get a law passed shutting down all Internet cafes in Florida.


One of the most interesting parts of the five-and-a-half minute presser was when a reporter asked Scott if Carroll would have been his 2014 running-mate in what will be an intense and hard fought re-election campaign.


"Does it matter?" he answered.

In a brief news conference with reporters outside the capitol this afternoon, Governor Rick Scott said that Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll resigned from office because of her former association with Allied Veterans of the World, a Jacksonville-based Internet sweepstakes nonprofit at the center of a multi-state federal investigation. He said he won't name a replacement until after the legislative session ends, which isn't until May 3.

Scott spoke just moments after a news conference took place at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Orlando Regional Operations Center. The conference was led by FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey and Attorney General Pam Bondi, who discussed the ongoing investigation in-depth.

So far, law enforcement agents have arrested 57 people in 23 Florida counties and five other states on charges that include illegal gambling, racketeering and money laundering. Bailey said elected officials could also be targeted as the investigation continues.

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