The State Fire Marshal is confirming tonight that he’s received a request to give Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll a lie detector test. The request comes from Carletha Cole. Cole is the former Carroll spokesperson, fired in September and facing criminal charges for allegedly leaking an illegally recorded conversation to reporters.
Before she was fired, a fire was started in Cole’s capitol office. FDLE investigated and concluded the fire was an accident, started by a travel aide for Carroll trying to dispose of a cigar. Cole is accusing the aide and Carroll of carrying on an inappropriate relationship. She says her trouble began when she caught the two in a “compromising position.”
Cole’s attorney, Steve Webster, believes the fire was set in Cole’s trashcan to intimidate her, and the FDLE investigation was flawed. Now he’s calling on the state fire marshal to investigate and to hook Carroll up to a polygraph machine. Some of the questions Webster wants asked involve a letter of recommendation Carroll wrote for the FDLE investigator a day after the case was closed.
“What level of involvement did the lieutenant governor have? How often does she write letters of recommendations for law enforcement officers? Are they a form letter or are they specifically designed for the officer because this one seemed to have a very personal touch to it. And why did the lieutenant governor feel as if she should get involved? How did she know about the fire?” asks Webster.
Webster says if the state doesn’t launch an investigation by 5:00 Tuesday, they’ll ask the US District attorney to investigate.
We asked the governor’s office and the state fire marshal to comment on the request. Neither provide comment before our news deadline.