Thursday, September 2, 2010

And the LG pick is...

...Florida State Representative, District 13, Jennifer Carroll!

Those of you who are not from the Jacksonville area may not yet know her.  I have not yet met her myself, but I'm looking forward to seeing her at the Beardall Senior Center at 2 pm today...

Anyway, here's what you need to know about Jennifer Carroll: She is awesome. 

Seriously.  There's obviously been a lot of speculation around the state over the past few weeks about who Scott would pick, and every time I've discussed the issue with anyone and Carroll's name was mentioned, all I heard was:

"Hey, she'd be a good choice!"
"Oh! I liiiiiiike her!"  
 "She'd be a real asset to the ticket!"
"Yeah! Great idea!"

Yesterday, I spoke with one of our local state representatives about Carroll and he described her as  "one of the nicest people you'll ever meet," adding that, "she has one of the best, most genuine's been an absolute pleasure to work with her...she would be a fantastic LG."  Other people who have worked with her describe her as "smart, just so smart," "a wonderful friend," "one heck of work ethic,"  "someone who deeply cares about the people who she represents," and "a great Floridian...she has a brilliant future ahead of her."

Trust me, it is hard, if not darn near impossible, to forge a political career and not tick off a few people along the way.  The fact that I have yet to talk to anyone with anything to say about Jennifer Carroll that wasn't a glowing endorsement says a lot about what kind of person she is.  Contrast Carroll's reputation with what people say about Paula Dockery, who was rumored to be on the list at one point...there are a lot of people, especially in Central Florida, who are deliriously happy today that Dockery is not the LG pick.

Here's the basic biographical details about Jennifer Carroll:

Born in Trinidad, Carroll's life story is the kind that makes me just sniffly-mushball proud to be American.  I don't care how often I hear a story about someone who "moved here, worked hard, found success," I enjoy it every single time.

As a young woman barely 20 years old, Carroll enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1979 and served our country 20 more years, she was promoted up the ranks and earned a pile of medals and commendations.  She has lived in Florida since 1986.  She's a lifetime member of the NAACP and NRA.  (Man, I cannot wait to see the liberals tie themselves in knots trying to classify, stereotype, and denigrate her...I predict they will find it more difficult than anticipated.)

She's served in the Florida House of Representatives since winning a special election in 2003.  Her son Nolan played college football at the University of Maryland and just got drafted this year by the Miami Dolphins.  Oh, and according to her House Rep bio page, she likes making stained glass.  That's pretty neat.

Anyway, y'all come join me and meet your next Lieutenant Governor, Jennifer Carroll, today at 2 pm, Beardall Senior Center, 800 Delaney Ave.  It's a free event and everyone is invited.  Come early enough that you can make sure to find a decent parking spot. :)

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