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By Joy-Ann Reid

When Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll gives a compliment, expect the unexpected. In this case, the black second in command of the sunshine state says Gov. Rick Scott “epitomizes Martin Luther King Jr.” … Seriously.

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“On Monday, we’re going to be celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday and I can’t think of anybody currently in my life right now that more epitomizes the values and the vision of Dr. King than Gov. Rick Scott,” said Carroll.

“When the governor selected me to be his running mate, he did not look at the color of my skin, he looked at the content of my character and my integrity and work ethic, and what I brought to the table. This is the dream of Dr. King that was realized for me.”

Carroll made the remark at a meeting of the Florida Republican Party on Saturday.

When Scott selected her to be his running-mate in 2010, Carroll was the lone black Republican in the state legislature, and her candidacy was promoted by a small group of black Republicans, several of whom had been supporting Scott’s opponent in the GOP primary, then Attorney General Bill McCollum.

Check out the rest of the story at theGrio.

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