FL Gov: Rick Scott Selects Running Mate

Posted: Sep 02, 2010 11:31 AM
The southern, white, "monochromatic" GOP strikes again.

One if this election cycle's Tea Party triumphs was securing the Republican gubernatorial nomination for businessman Rick Scott, who currently clings to a 1 point lead over Democrat Alex Sink.  In what could be a game changer, Scott has revealed his Lt. Governor running mate: State Rep. Jennifer Carol, a female African-American Navy Veteran and small businesswoman.

The Miami Herald offers some interesting tidbits on Carol's biography:

-In a state where one in every seven voters is black -- and nearly all are Democrats -- Carroll is a black Republican.

-As a native of Trinidad, Carroll is an immigrant who could help soften Scott's hard-line image on an issue that cuts both ways in a state with a large immigrant population.

-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.

-She became the first black woman elected to the Legislature in a special election in 2003.

-She retired after 20 years in the Navy, where she rose to the rank of lieutenant commander aviation maintenance officer.

-Her official legislative biography notes that she is a life member of both the NAACP and the National Rifle Association.

Yup, just your average, run-of-mill, typical Angry White Guy Republican...

UPDATE: Since I've got California on my mind today, and since we're discussing diversity, I'd like to remind folks that the GOP's state-wide ticket in the Golden State includes a woman for US Senate, a woman for Governor, a Latino for Lt. Governor, and an African American for Secretary of State.