Scott said his aides were on orders to find any campaign donations from Internet sweepstakes cafes and to donate them to charity.
Supporters said they did not think Carroll’s resignation would hurt him politically.
“I know how the governor feels. I’m sure he has a sense of concern and regret,” said Senate President Don Gaetz, a former health care executive. “One of the things I’ve learned in business and in politics is that people are sometimes reluctant to tell you everything that they have done in life.”
“This is not a reflection on him,” Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, said of Scott.
Scott does not plan to name a successor to Carroll until after the legislative session ends in early May.
In an extended absence of a lieutenant governor for the first time in decades, Attorney General Pam Bondi is next in line if Scott cannot serve.
The guessing game has begun and will intensify in the weeks ahead, and that too will be a distraction for Scott, who wants to focus on only two things: a $2,500 pay raise for teachers and a sales tax break for manufacturing equipment purchases.
Lately, Carroll and Scott rarely spoke face to face, and they did not even speak when she quit Tuesday afternoon. A stoic Scott then attended a fundraiser, a mansion reception and the Capitol press skits that satirize political events of the past year in Tallahassee.
Scott knew Carroll had resigned — but the public didn’t. In a crowd of more than 800, he watched as Carroll was lampooned as a running mate who didn’t get enough respect.
In one of her last public appearances at a dinner honoring Scott two weeks ago, Carroll gushed about how well she and Scott clicked when they first met in 2010.
“We couldn’t stop talking,” Carroll told a dinner of GOP women in Tallahassee. Later that day, she said, he telephoned her and asked her to be his running mate, and she was taken aback by the suddenness of it.
“I was stunned. I asked him, ’Are you sure?’ ” And he goes, ’Well, yes,’ ” Carroll recalled.
Scott’s next running mate will be followed with great intensity because he remains an unpopular leader, especially with women. He needs to bolster his image along the decisive I-4 corridor from Tampa to Daytona Beach.
“I hope he will be thoughtful about it and take his time and get the best person that he can get,” Thrasher said.
Hours after Carroll’s resignation, South Florida political observers took to Twitter to promote Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, for the job. Their hashtag of choice: #Anitere4LT.
Herald/Times staff writer Mary Ellen Klas contributed to this report.