Rick Scott's Staff Running Thin -- Top Adviser Resigns, Chief of Staff Demoted

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Only six months into office, Gov. Rick Scott is running a little low on friends for his executive team.

Mary Ann Carter -- the governor's policy adviser -- handed in her resignation letter today, saying she needed to spend more time with her family.

Carter's announcement comes one day after Scott reassigned his chief of staff, Mike Prendergast, to the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

"I can think of no better advocate on behalf of Florida's 1.6 million veterans, their families, and survivors than Mike Prendergast," the governor says in a statement. "His devotion to duty and commitment to our military men and women will be evident in the way he advocates for their health and economic well-being."

That looks like the governor's way to scoot around the fact that Prendergast was booted from the position as Scott's chief of staff.

Prendergast's replacement has not been selected.

It was an odd spot to have Prendergast in the chief of staff spot to begin with, seeing as the guy had zero experience working in state government.

Prendergast, who spent 31 years in the military, did try to run for a U.S. House seat in 2010 -- but that didn't work out too well.

On the other hand, Carter -- who practically ran Scott's office -- is heading back to her home in Knoxville, Tennessee.

"I have family obligations that demand my attention and I want to return to my business practice as another election cycle begins," she says in her resignation letter. "Although state government is not ultimately for me, I remain grateful for the opportunity to have served."

Amid the staff shakeups in Scott's office, Florida Democratic Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff was quick to issue his response:

After destroying over 100,000 jobs as Governor, slashing funding for Florida's schools, and doing real harm to the quality of life in our state, Floridians have rejected Rick Scott & his extreme job destroying agenda.

The Sunshine State sees that this Governor is focused solely on imposing his extreme Tea Party agenda rather than doing what is right for Florida. Rick Scott simply doesn't understand what average Floridians are facing during these hard economic times, and he remains completely out of touch with our state.

Rick Scott can fire all the staff he wants, but it won't bring back the 100,000 jobs he has destroyed as Governor.



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Starlight in Aspen
Starlight in Aspen

Ms. Carter resigned because she couldn't continue being paid a nice salary while the poor, sick and elderly lose everything. Scott has really put Florida to shame before the entire nation. He's living proof that Neanderthals didn't really go extinct. (Hey wait a second, I would hate to insult the Neanderthals like that, I'm sure they were good people.)

Starlight in Aspen
Starlight in Aspen

Mary Anne Carter finally realized what a cruel and insufferable jerk he is... I'm proud of her for doing the right thing.

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FL Citizen
FL Citizen

I love the way you liberals are trying to spin this. Carter agreed in the beginning to stay until June 30th so it is not like she was staying longer. According to her own letter. The Chief of Staff wanted the position of Veterans Affairs.

Roger
Roger

Spin it anyway you want, I'm an Independent who has leaned right on many issues and this dirt bag excuse of a human being Governor has to go.  He's doing real harm everyday to average Joes and Jills.  He won't be happy until everyone but he and his pals are working for 8 bucks an hour with no bennies.

NoSacredCow
NoSacredCow

That photo of Scott is disturbing. Make it go away!!!

Better yet, make him go away...

allthatglittersgirl
allthatglittersgirl

Before I even read your comment I thought the same thing. He's diabolical and scary looking.

th3realtruth
th3realtruth

One has to wonder if a grand jury indictment is about to come.

Or maybe I should say one can only hope...

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

At least the real Titanic struck an iceberg before it began to sink. I understand James Cameron is already preparing a team to search for the remains of this administration.

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