'Juvenile' and 'conspiratorial'.
That's how Carletha Cole describes her old co-workers. To prove her point, she may well have broken the law. And the entire affair is putting new scrutiny on Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll.
In taped conversations allegedly made by Cole, Carroll's staffers are heard talking about dysfunction in the lieutenant governor's office... Not to mention their belief that Governor Rick Scott's chief of staff is afraid of Carroll.
Cole left the office shortly after going public with the dirty laundry, and now we've learned Cole was arrested last week and is being charged with illegal taping, a third degree felony.
Put it all together, and this could prove to be a serious distraction for the Scott administration.
The controversy isn't likely to end anytime soon, especially if the Cole case goes to trial. It wouldn't be unusual for everyone up to and including Lieutenant Governor Carroll to be called as witnesses.
It was just over a year ago Governor Scott picked Carroll to be his running mate. At the time, she was wrapping up eight years of representing the Jacksonville area in the state house.