Update: On Wednesday another high profile African-American elected official was caught up in a swirl of alleged unethical activity. Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll resigned her position stemming from an investigation into a company she represented while a state representative.
“Individuals were arrested Tuesday for a racketeering and money laundering charges in connection with Allied Veterans of the Worlds illegal gambling companies. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll consulted for Allied Veterans while serving as a member of the Florida House of Representatives in 2009 and 2010,” reported the Miami Herald. According to a statement released by Florida Governor Scott’s office, Carroll resigned to keep her former affiliation from being a distraction. Note: this is a developing story.
Another African American elected official has been found guilty of corruption while in office. Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was found guilty on 24 of 30 charges of running a criminal enterprise from the mayor’s office. Kilpatrick is the second high profile African American elected official in the last month to be found guilty of financial misappropriation of funds. Jesse Jackson, Jr. was found guilty of using campaign funds for personal expenses in a Chicago court last month. (PolicyMic)