Scott picks running mate in FL gubernatorial contest

posted at 3:18 pm on September 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Rick Scott stunned Florida AG Bill McCollum to win the Republican nomination for governor in the race to replace Charlie Crist, who chose poorly in deciding to run for the Senate rather than a second term.  Scott’s opponent, Alex Sink, and the Democrats have already lashed out at Scott for his past business dealings as well as his links to the Tea Party movement, which they hope to paint as extremist and out of touch with Florida voters.  Scott may stun them again with his choice of running mate, state Rep. Jennifer Carroll, whose life story reads like a Hollywood script:

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott on Thursday morning announced that state Rep. Jennifer Carroll of Jacksonville will be his running mate as lieutenant governor.

“I am honored that Jennifer is the first African-American Republican woman to be part of a statewide ticket in Florida,” Scott said.

“Jennifer Carroll is the embodiment of the American dream. She came to America as a young girl, decided to serve her country with the United States Navy, pursued a higher education, started a small business, and then was elected the first African-American female Republican in the Florida Legislature,” said Scott, who launched a new website featuring his new running mate (www.ScottCarrollforFlorida.com).

“Her conservative principles are in line with mine, and this fall we will present a clear choice between conservatives with business experience and a plan to create 700,000 jobs and liberal Obamacrats who want to bring the failed Obama agenda to Florida,” Scott said in a statement to his supporters.

Townhall’s political editor Guy Benson thinks this could be a game changer, and points to her biography and her ability to reach across some contentious divides.  Carroll belongs to both the NAACP and the NRA, for instance.  She spent 20 years as a naval officer, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  Carroll also softens Scott’s hardline image, which was necessitated by his fight against McCollum.

Given Scott’s connections to and support from the Tea Party, Carroll also shows that mainstream small-government conservatives come from all backgrounds and communities.  That can only help both Scott and the conservative grassroots activists in Florida and elsewhere, although that shouldn’t really be news.  Marco Rubio vaulted into the frontrunner position in Florida’s Senate race after embracing the Tea Party.  Diversity has become the hallmark of Tea Party favorites like Rubio, Sharron Angle, Nikki Haley, Col. Allen West, Renee Ellmers, and so on.

In the immediate aftermath of the tight primary, Rasmussen had this race at a dead heat:

Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink are about as close as they can be in the first Rasmussen Reports survey since Independent Bud Chiles announced his intention to withdraw from Florida’s gubernatorial race.

The latest statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Scott picking up 45% of the vote while Sink draws support from 44%. Nine percent (9%) prefer some other candidate and two percent (2%) are undecided.

Look for a bump updward in Scott’s numbers in the next survey.


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She’s cute.

Mr. Joe on September 2, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Go Navy! (beat Army)

olesparkie on September 2, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Carroll belongs to both the NAACP and the NRA, for instance. She spent 20 years as a naval officer, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Carroll also softens Scott’s hardline image, which was necessitated by his fight against McCollum.

Now I am thinking that she is hot!

Mr. Joe on September 2, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Mr. Scott you have hit a grand slam.

technopeasant on September 2, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Townhall’s political editor Guy Benson thinks this could be a game changer, and points to her biography and her ability to reach across some contentious divides. Carroll belongs to both the NAACP and the NRA, for instance. She spent 20 years as a naval officer, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Carroll also softens Scott’s hardline image, which was necessitated by his fight against McCollum.

and she’s cute.

o.o Just throwing that in there.

KinleyArdal on September 2, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Expect the Democrats to lose their minds. Every time an attractive conservative woman makes headlines, they flip out.

ButterflyDragon on September 2, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Look for a bump updward in Scott’s numbers in the next survey

ditto Joe.

spellcheck….B+

ted c on September 2, 2010 at 3:22 PM

But is she black enough? /

Wow, contrast the feeling going into this Novembers election vs two years ago. What’s this strange feeling- I think it’s called hope.

Monica on September 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Wow, why didn’t she run for governor?

changer1701 on September 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Carroll belongs to both the NAACP and the NRA, for instance

My prediction is that at least five commenters say this alone disqualifies her…

Bradky on September 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Waiting to see how the libs will play the race card on this one.

Al Sharpton, NOW and Katie Couric had no comment.

BacaDog on September 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM

this calls for a righteous patriotic Navy song!

sing it fellas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acnt3r6z5ns

ted c on September 2, 2010 at 3:24 PM

All we are going to hear is, “token Uncle Tom”

ramrants on September 2, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Expect the Democrats to lose their minds. Every time an attractive conservative woman makes headlines, they flip out.

ButterflyDragon on September 2, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Mama Grizzly.

MassVictim on September 2, 2010 at 3:25 PM

That picture you posted must be a few years old.

mankai on September 2, 2010 at 3:26 PM

OMG! Dream ticket!

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 3:26 PM

I expect she is, of course, a racist Aunt Tom who is denying her inner African slave heritage by being seen in the company of a Rethuglican, and we should promptly announce that (GASP!) she once held an Oscar the Grouch doll, which means she’s meanspirited. She also started her own business which of course puts her in the ranks of those fat cat Wall Streeters who never care about labor. And since any attractive woman on the side of the Right must only be popular based on sex appeal, unlike our Hillary, Michele Obama, and Gloria Allred, she is a trumped up tart too.

/ Democratic response.

Vanceone on September 2, 2010 at 3:27 PM

She needs our prayers and support. She’ll be subjected to all the vitriol of the left and Sharpton’s hair…I mean bullhorn.

AubieJon on September 2, 2010 at 3:27 PM

I hope she’s prepared for the attacks headed her way.

mankai on September 2, 2010 at 3:27 PM

She’s cute.
Mr. Joe on September 2, 2010 at 3:20 PM

LOL. You stole my line. She seems awesome. Good luck to her…

joejm65 on September 2, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Unfortunately, she will face calls of “Uncle Tom” from the tolerant Libs and Black community. This will not drain off lots of support from the Black community. That community is so tied into the entitlement mentality of big government that they even ignore their religious belief to vote for abortion-loving Dems. They won’t abandon the Dems to vote for a common-sense conservative Black lady. It’s sad.

mydh12 on September 2, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Would expect Scott’s numbers to improve anyway as he solidifies the R base following that primary.

Of course, at this point the MFM is seeing what kind of dirt they can dig up on Rep. Carroll, real or imagined.

Tres Angelas on September 2, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Expect the Democrats to lose their minds. Every time an attractive conservative woman makes headlines, they flip out.

ButterflyDragon on September 2, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Mama Grizzly.

MassVictim on September 2, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Yes. Yes. And wooooohooooooooo!

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 3:28 PM

I know the first thing I should be thinking of are her, like, credentials and experience and stuff.

But the first thing I thought was, “Hawt.”

Sorry.

12thMonkey on September 2, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Jlisters and the “neutral” media are busy colluding on the narrative for this unexpected development…

d1carter on September 2, 2010 at 3:29 PM

My brother-in-law is a former Navy officer and he’s conservative but strange…says the wife of the former Marine.LoL.
Seriously, Ms. Carroll seems like a wonderful conservative and a wonderful choice on Scott’s part!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 2, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Wow, why didn’t she run for governor?

changer1701 on September 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Next time??

But in the mean time: Let the Palinization commence!!!!

BigWyo on September 2, 2010 at 3:30 PM

She’s a hot conservative black female…

No problem. Call her an Uncle Tom, Oreo in the house of the master. Same tactic they used on Condy.

Kuffar on September 2, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Look at this–interesting connections!

In Jacksonville, the Scott campaign unfurled a “Scott Carroll” placard as Scott and Carroll stood on a platform outside the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, with a Blue Angel jet in the background.

Carroll’s husband, Nolan, and two of their three children were on hand, along with Scott’s wife, Ann, as the group faced a busy Roosevelt Boulevard….

She packs a celebrity punch: Her son, Nolan II, is a rookie cornerback and kick returner for the Miami Dolphins, drafted out of the University of Maryland.

INC on September 2, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Look for a bump upward in Scott’s numbers in the next survey.

After seeing her picture, I have a feeling that Scott’s poll numbers won’t be the only thing that gets a “bump upward.” IFKWIMAITYD.

Abby Adams on September 2, 2010 at 3:32 PM

…and she’s pretty, too!

Big John on September 2, 2010 at 3:32 PM

The link doesn’t work. Try

http://www.scottcarrollforflorida.com/

unclesmrgol on September 2, 2010 at 3:32 PM

get this, guys who think she’s a knockout (myself included), she’s 50

Another fine picture of Jennifer Carroll found in this story from last year :

http://www.ju.edu/departments/marketing/news/2489.aspx

thebrokenrattle on September 2, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Ummmm… who else didn’t know that the Dem nominee, Alex Sink, was a woman???

Abby Adams on September 2, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Jennifer to get the Palin/handel/haley/carly treatment in 5,4,3,2,1

unseen on September 2, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Not a game-changer but she could help run up the score in Jax/NE Florida.

Robert_Paulson on September 2, 2010 at 3:36 PM

What’s up with Florida and all the diverse GOP candidates? Col. West, Marco Rubio, and now Ms. Carroll(who’s cute BTW, in case no one’s mentioned it).

Can’t wait to see Matthews and Uberdouche attempt to spin this.

Doughboy on September 2, 2010 at 3:36 PM

More experienced that PBHO.

Still, Carroll isn’t black black, she didn’t serve in the military military, didn’t operate a small business small business, and wasn’t a state rep state rep.

Sensitive lefties insert racially tinged comment here: x__________.

Bishop on September 2, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Scott’s choice of Rep. Carroll, a smart and capable black woman, to be his running mate demonstrates his continued commitment to equality of opportunity, a founding principle of the Republican Party that was started in 1854 as the anti-slavery party and championed civil rights for blacks from the 1860′s through the 1960′s until today.

http://blackrepublican.blogspot.com/

mankai on September 2, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Alex Sink will have to find someone “blacker” then her…is this what it has finally reached?
Who has the blackest running mate? My minority ticket is bigger then your minority ticket…I am a woman, and I have a very black man…against a Hispanic and a kind of black woman.
So, is a white woman, plus a black running mate (or a Hispanic woman), equal or exceed a Hispanic man, with a black woman running mate (ex-military)…I think not, Rubio by 4.5%…

right2bright on September 2, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Don’t mean to generalize, but based on polling, African-Americans vote for Democrats, not other African-Americans.

YYZ on September 2, 2010 at 3:37 PM

she looks like an older Stacy Dash

Doctor Zhivago on September 2, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Once again the Repblican Party is the one that provides actual opportunities for women and minorities, not just lip service.

exhelodrvr on September 2, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Wonder how long it will take Rev. Al Sharpton to call her a Aunt Tom?..:)

Dire Straits on September 2, 2010 at 3:40 PM

I say someone should go and put some skunks in her dumpster as a nice, little surprise for all those who go searching through her trash for things to use against her. The thing is, there are just too many candidates now for them to train their whole fire on. Scatter shot is much less effective than a bazooka, and it tends to alert others to your presence.

We know how they operate now. How do we neutralize that? Skunks in the dumpsters, anyone?

UnderstandingisPower on September 2, 2010 at 3:40 PM

My prediction is that at least five commenters say this alone disqualifies her…

Bradky on September 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM

My collie says:

My prediction is that at least five commenters point out that Bradky is a troll.

Don’t feed the trolls, collie.

CyberCipher on September 2, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Here’s to hoping she is not attacked …..

And rather that she starts a million-man march away from Rangel, Sharpton, Jackson, Jefferson, and so on.

tomg51 on September 2, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Oh, they are going and try to cut her down. Just watch if she didn’t return a book to the library on time someone is going to post it.

Oil Can on September 2, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Don’t mean to generalize, but based on polling, African-Americans vote for Democrats, not other African-Americans.

YYZ on September 2, 2010 at 3:37 PM

BTW, lost in all of this political correctness is the fact that she’s from Trinidad. So technically, she’s not “African-American”.

Doughboy on September 2, 2010 at 3:42 PM

We know how they operate now. How do we neutralize that? Skunks in the dumpsters, anyone?

UnderstandingisPower on September 2, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Skunks are cute, sweet little creatures and no self-respecting one would want anything to do with a dumpster diving leftist.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 2, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Carroll belongs to both the NAACP and the NRA, for instance

My prediction is that at least five commenters say this alone disqualifies her…

Bradky on September 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Aw, 0 for 5 so far there chief.

carbon_footprint on September 2, 2010 at 3:43 PM

“I am honored that Jennifer is the first African-American Republican woman to be part of a statewide ticket in Florida,” Scott said.

I find it a little offensive and stupid that the first qualification Scott can offer for his pick is her race. That’s leftard crap. Scott should have introduced her with reference to an actual accomplishment of Carroll that bodes well for the position and is independent of her skin color. Surely, anyone paying attention would notice that she’s black on their own; trumpeting it makes the pick look like craven pandering.

Cicero43 on September 2, 2010 at 3:43 PM

BacaDog on September 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM

with that crowd, it won’t be long at all….

they’ll treat her just as nice as they did with Condi

cmsinaz on September 2, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Ummmm… who else didn’t know that the Dem nominee, Alex Sink, was a woman???

Abby Adams on September 2, 2010 at 3:34 PM

I didn’t either but, frankly, with a lot of Dem politicians, you couldn’t tell that even by looking at them.

Witness Janet Reno, Janet Napolitano, and Christina Romer for example.

teke184 on September 2, 2010 at 3:45 PM

She’s hot.

CynicalOptimist on September 2, 2010 at 3:46 PM

During her time in the Navy was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Overseas Ribbon, two Coast Guard Special Operation Ribbons, and an Expert Pistol Medal.

Has anyone mentioned she’s hawt?

I’ll be in my bunk.

abnjm on September 2, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Nice resume

darwin on September 2, 2010 at 3:48 PM

All we are going to hear is, “token Uncle Tom”

ramrants on September 2, 2010 at 3:25 PM

She’s going to have a very hard time. Democrats don’t like their traditional consistencies to get any ideas.

Asher on September 2, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Bradky on September 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM

This probably disqualifies her for you…

http://aarchc.org/News.html

;)

mankai on September 2, 2010 at 3:48 PM

The left is not out to attack, they are out to destroy. Hope she is up to the challenge. Sure looks like it. I’ll be pulling for her!

rjoco1 on September 2, 2010 at 3:50 PM

I say someone should go and put some skunks in her dumpster as a nice, little surprise for all those who go searching through her trash for things to use against her.

UnderstandingisPower on September 2, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Broken glass. An old restaurant trick is to break cheap wine/beer bottles and toss the debris in the dumpster to discourage two-legged scavengers.

Dark-Star on September 2, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Don’t feed the trolls, collie.

CyberCipher on September 2, 2010 at 3:41 PM

*snicker*

BigWyo on September 2, 2010 at 3:50 PM

I am having a problem with grammar and etiquette, and hope someone can help me. Should Jennifer Carroll be referred to as an “Uncle Tom” or is there a feminine version such as “Aunt Tammy”? I don’t mind being racist, but I so dislike getting the wording wrong.

Tommy_G on September 2, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Wow. This is exciting.

“Her conservative principles are in line with mine, and this fall we will present a clear choice between conservatives with business experience and a plan to create 700,000 jobs and liberal Obamacrats who want to bring the failed Obama agenda to Florida,” Scott said in a statement to his supporters.

Winner!

Cicero43 on September 2, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Yes, it’s a bit offensive. Scott is stating the obvious and hopefully this will be the first and last time he says it. Based on Ms. Carroll’s resume, I doubt she’ll bring it up unless asked. We’ll see.

conservative pilgrim on September 2, 2010 at 3:51 PM

And she could see Russia from her “house”

tomg51 on September 2, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Go Navy! (beat Army)

olesparkie on September 2, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Your momma might beat Army! (Grin)

BruceB on September 2, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Whether Rick Scott wins or loses, we now know who will be the next GOP candidate for Governor of FL, and she will be very hard to beat. Could she become the first black female President?

pedestrian on September 2, 2010 at 3:55 PM

“She came to America as a young girl,”

Oops

pedestrian on September 2, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Expect the Democrats to lose their minds. Every time an attractive conservative woman makes headlines, they flip out.

ButterflyDragon on September 2, 2010 at 3:22 PM
Mama Grizzly.

MassVictim on September 2, 2010 at 3:25 PM
Yes. Yes. And wooooohooooooooo!

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 3:28 PM

How many cubs does mama grizzlie have?
If she has more than two, any that are handicapped, and or didn’t abort any she is not qualified!
S/

dhunter on September 2, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Tommy_G on September 2, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Well the big tent Democrats called Condi Rice “Aunt Jemima.”

conservative pilgrim on September 2, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Don’t mean to generalize, but based on polling, African-Americans vote for Democrats, not other African-Americans.

YYZ on September 2, 2010 at 3:37 PM

I keep thinking anbout Alvin Greene in SC.

a capella on September 2, 2010 at 3:57 PM

If they cut this woman down, they are going to have to deal with the Blacks AND the those from the islands.

upinak on September 2, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Obviously a PLANT to rebuke the RACIST TeaParty theory
You go JEN , tear em up !!!

ELMO Q on September 2, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Scott’s choice of Rep. Carroll, a smart and capable black woman, to be his running mate demonstrates his continued commitment to equality of opportunity…

http://blackrepublican.blogspot.com/

mankai on September 2, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Oh ugh! You mean that’s the reason she was picked? With a resume’ like hers, of course not. Disgusting. These people need a writer upgrade.

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Yes, it’s a bit offensive. Scott is stating the obvious and hopefully this will be the first and last time he says it. Based on Ms. Carroll’s resume, I doubt she’ll bring it up unless asked. We’ll see.

conservative pilgrim on September 2, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Yeah. I would hope that he’s heard ‘don’t..just don’t’ about 900 times from his campaign staff by now..

BigWyo on September 2, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Too bad she’s not running for the House.

Could you imagine her serving alongside Maxine Waters?

I’d really like to see what black voters and moderates of all stripes in districts represented by Waters and other incompetent and corrupt blacks–Rangel and the two women from Texas. They’d be idiots if they didn’t ask, “Why can’t we come up with public officials like her and Allen West?”

Blacks deserve so much better than to be relegated to second-class citizenship on the Democratic plantation.

Hope if goes well for Scott-Nolan.

BuckeyeSam on September 2, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Has the media Palinized her yet, or are they saving that for tomorrow?

JavelinaBomb on September 2, 2010 at 3:59 PM

And this too:

Scott’s choice of Rep. Carroll, a smart and capable black woman…

http://blackrepublican.blogspot.com/

mankai on September 2, 2010 at 3:37 PM

A smart and capable black woman? Who’s writing this garbage? Is that anything like a ‘clean and articulate’ black man?

I hate it when we act so stupidly.

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 4:01 PM

While I am concerned about Scott’s history with HCA and the Dems using that to destroy him, THIS is very good news. Ms. Carroll looks like a very solid candidate. And while she may be a Momma Grizzlie, I think Palin should distance herself from this race given Scott’s controversial past. Having said that, Sarah, please come to SarahSota to campaign for Marco Rubio!

ornery_independent on September 2, 2010 at 4:02 PM

who launched a new website featuring his new running mate (www.ScottCarrollforFlorida.com).

Link is broken Ed.

The link doesn’t work. Try

http://www.scottcarrollforflorida.com/

unclesmrgol on September 2, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Thanks!

conservative pilgrim on September 2, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Tommy_G on September 2, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Maybe not “Uncle Tom” or “Aunt Tammy” but it wouldn’t suprise me if the left dubs her the even more offensive, “Aunt Jemimah.”

Chewy the Lab on September 2, 2010 at 4:03 PM

I noted yesterday, when Allah was getting all mopey about some poll or another that had a Republican up by only 5 points, that I would probably hold my nose and vote for Mr. Scott. This is indeed a game changer. This is bordering on brilliant. I have admired Rep. Jennifer Carroll for many years and I will be proud to vote for her and that other guy running with her.

Cindy Munford on September 2, 2010 at 4:06 PM

retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander

Well, well, well! Things certainly have changed since my Navy enlistment began in 1966. I never served with a Lieutenant Commander that attractive.

oldleprechaun on September 2, 2010 at 4:06 PM

They can’t say she killed a moose in Florida.Maybe she got a gator.We will know by tonight how stupid and looney she is if the MSM and the Kos Kids do their normal salivating.

docflash on September 2, 2010 at 4:07 PM

BuckeyeSam on September 2, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Unfortunately she lives in a district that already has Corrine Brown as their representative. As crazy goes, she give Rep. Waters a run for her money.

Cindy Munford on September 2, 2010 at 4:07 PM

A smart and capable black woman? Who’s writing this garbage? Is that anything like a ‘clean and articulate’ black man?

I hate it when we act so stupidly.

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Um… other black Republicans are saying it. The writer is part of a larger group dedicated to King’s true dream of a colorless society… Yes, they get the irony… but they have to gather as blacks to show that their is not a monolithic liberalism in all blacks.

Personally, I wouldn’t care if she were green (although that conjures up a Captain Kirk moment)… the point is the rest of the quote which you deleted in your comment.

A black Republican group can point out she’s a black Republican.

mankai on September 2, 2010 at 4:07 PM

and I will be proud to vote for her and that other guy running with her.

Cindy Munford on September 2, 2010 at 4:06 PM

haha. I was wondering what you thought of this move. I’ll be holding my nose in the VA-2 vote as well. Not thrilled with the candidates.

conservative pilgrim on September 2, 2010 at 4:07 PM

their = there

d’oh

mankai on September 2, 2010 at 4:10 PM

I have admired Rep. Jennifer Carroll for many years and I will be proud to vote for her and that other guy running with her.

Cindy Munford on September 2, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Good news. That makes her a winner in my book. Looks like she may have a future in national politics, huh?

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 4:10 PM

As a Floridian, I couldn’t be happier about this pick. She has a great resume’ and will definately help Scott. I’m anxious to see her on the trail……

Redneck Woman on September 2, 2010 at 4:12 PM

A black Republican group can point out she’s a black Republican.

mankai on September 2, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Well, maybe they can get away with it, but still it’s really ineffective writing.

I’m not usually so sensitive to slips like this. But I had just read a little about her credentials, and it annoyed me to see her so slighted.

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Based on the photo you used of her I’d say she’s likely to stun the critics into silence. What a lovely woman. That she’s got the chops to have served so admirably in the Navy and then won a political office indicates she’s a person of substance. Good luck to Mr. Scott and Ms. Carroll.

Jill1066 on September 2, 2010 at 4:16 PM

[quote] smart and capable black woman? Who’s writing this garbage? Is that anything like a ‘clean and articulate’ black man?

I hate it when we act so stupidly.

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 4:01 PM
[/quote]
What is the problem? She is smart, she is capable, she is black and she is most certainly a woman. Why would you bend logic to try to call her something else?

MikeA on September 2, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Uh oh…looks like the “I voted for the old guy and the cute chick” bumper stickers have new life in Florida.

BobMbx on September 2, 2010 at 4:19 PM

What’s so game changing about her? Is she not a conservative? What?

NotCoach on September 2, 2010 at 4:19 PM

This is the most important race in FL; it’s a must win. (Rubio’s already set). The race is about tied or Scott is a little behind. But he should win in Nov. I like her. I remember Squidshark had some mix feelings about her, but I don’t know what happened to him. I think this could be great for Scott’s turnaround.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on September 2, 2010 at 4:21 PM

My prediction is that at least five commenters say this alone disqualifies her…

Bradky on September 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Nearly an hour into the post and you’re 0 for 5.

BobMbx on September 2, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Why should the color of her skin change anything? Racist black Democrats will call her a race traitor and a whore; white Democrats will call her a token and draw pictures of her in an Aunt Jemima head scarf.

Independents presumably don’t care what color their elected representatives are, and everyone already knows that GOP voters don’t give a rip. We’ll love her because she’s a veteran with the same political views as the Tea Party dude.

End result: Scott was going to win anyway.

Jaibones on September 2, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Jill1066 on September 2, 2010 at 4:16 PM

And because this is HotAir, and Jill have us the get-out-of-jail-free card, let me say she looks lovely considering she spent 20 years in the Navy. Is that a misprint? She looks like a 30 year old.

Jaibones on September 2, 2010 at 4:27 PM

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