|Lt. Gov. Carroll (in gold) with her husband & children|
The article continues: "The court filing was made in response to a push by prosecutors to keep confidential information that Cole's attorneys wanted to use as possible evidence in the case. In the filing, Cole contends that she witnessed Carroll and a top aide in a 'compromising position' inside Carroll's office, that Carroll's chief of staff secretly recorded conversations routinely at the direction of those working for Gov. Rick Scott, and that the trash can at Cole's desk might have been deliberately set ablaze following an argument between her and the aide."
More: "Cole also said at one point she was ordered by the aide, Beatriz Ramos, to find adjoining hotel rooms for Carroll and Ramos when they traveled. Cole said that she was 'scolded' by an agent with Carroll's security team when she placed Ramos next door to Carroll when the lieutenant governor and her husband traveled last summer to Puerto Rico. The agent told her to not do it again, Cole says, although he did not explain why. She says Ramos was also living in Carroll's home."
Florida Lt. Gov. Carroll presents her side, against Carletha Cole's allegations: "Carroll, a former Navy officer who is also a mother of three, says the allegations are all lies. 'That's totally false and absurd,' said Carroll, a former Republican legislator who was chosen by Scott as his running mate in 2010. Carroll said the allegations are an attempt by Cole and her attorney to get the criminal charges against Cole dropped. Cole is charged with a third-degree felony and could get up to five years in prison. 'They are trying to pull at straws,' Carroll said. 'All this stuff you mentioned doesn't excuse what happened.' Ramos did not return a phone call to her office."
UPDATE: Cindy Graves, the president of the Florida Federation of Republican Women, has come out in support of Lt. Gov. Carroll. Ms. Graves also claims that Ms. Cole, a former FFRW member and current Obama supporter who faces a third-degree felony charge for illegally taping conversations on state property, is doing a politically-oriented smear job.