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Gov's top advisor resigns

By James Call


Tallahassee, FL – A shake up of Governor Rick Scott's top level staff continued Tuesday. James Call reports Mary Anne Carter, the governor's chief policy adviser, has submitted her resignation.

Carter has directed policy and budget matters and Scott said she has been a tremendous asset. Her resignation came the day after Scott re-assigned his chief of staff to head the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs. The changes come amidst polls indicating Scott is having trouble getting a positive message out to Florida residents. The first-term governor has surrounded himself with outsiders, people with little Tallahassee experience. Governor Scott.

"I never think about it that way, you know what I've tried to surround myself with is people who bring different things to the table. Someone like Herschel Vinyard who is running DEP he has not worked in state government and I think he has done a great job."

Carter's last day on the job is June 30th. Speculation about her replacement includes Steve McNamara, current chief of staff for Senate President Mike Haridoplos and who once worked for John Thrasher when he was speaker of the House.