Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has a novel response to rumors that she engaged in a lesbian relationship: she doesn’t look like a lesbian.
Carroll, a Republican, has been dogged with allegations by former administrative assistant Carlita Cole that she walked in on Carroll and a female aide engaged in a sexual encounter.
Carroll has maintained that the encounter never happened. Cole is facing trial for sharing secretly-recorded office conversations with reporters.
Speaking at the opening of a local campaign office for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Carroll said that the allegations were false, in part because she doesn’t look like a lesbian, and besides, it’s kind of suspicious that Cole is single.
The problem is that when you have these accusations that come out, itís not just one person youíre attacking. Itís an entire family. My husband doesnít want to hear that. He knows the type of woman I am. I mean, my kids know the type of woman I am. For twenty-nine years Ė Iím the one thatís married for twenty-nine years. The accuser is the one thatís been single for a long time. So usually black women that look like me donít engage in relationships like that.
Carroll did not say what types of relationships “black women that look like” her engage in, nor what people who do engage in such relationships look like.
Carroll, a Navy veteran, has been critical of expanding rights for gay and lesbian servicemembers. In 2011, she said that ending the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy would “take [servicemembers] off their mission.”
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