By Lucas Grindley
Originally published on Advocate.com July 16 2012 12:31 PM ET
Florida's lieutenant governor denied in an interview that she was in a secret same-sex affair at work, saying that "black women that look like me don't engage in relationships like that."
Jennifer Carroll, an outspoken Christian conservative, was accused in a court filing by a former staffer of getting caught in "a compromising position" in her office with a travel aide. Carroll sent emails to supporters after the story broke, denying it as a media-fueled rumor, and pledged to fight.
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Then in an interview Saturday with Tampa Bay's 10 News, she offered a series of odd reasons she couldn't possibly be a lesbian.
"The problem is that when you have these accusations that come out, it's not just one person you're attacking," she said in the video. "It's an entire family. My husband doesn't want to hear that. He knows the type of woman I am. My kids know the type of woman I am."
Carroll pointed to the longevity of her marriage as proof she couldn't be in a lesbian affair and called out accuser Carletha Cole for being single.
"I'm the one that's married for 29 years," she said. "The accuser is the one that's been single for a long time. So usually black women that look like me don't engage in relationships like that."
Then she laughed off the whole notion. Watch the video below.