In denying the accusation that she fired a staffer who caught her in “a compromising position” with another woman, Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll suggested gay women are unattractive and single women cannot be trusted.

The former aide, Carletha Cole, 49, made the accusation in the course of defending herself against charges she illegally leaked taped conversations of Carroll's staff to a Florida newspaper, Reuters reported. Cole denies she made the recording.

In court filings, Cole claims she was fired shortly after she walked in on Carroll and the staff member.

“When she entered the office, she found the Lieutenant Governor and her travel aide, Beatriz Ramos, in what can only be described as a compromising position,” according to the filing.

Carroll, Florida's first elected female lieutenant governor, is married and raising three children. Last year, the Republican leader said she disagreed with President Barack Obama's decision to repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the policy which barred gay and lesbian troops from serving openly.

At the Saturday opening of a campaign office in Orange Park for Mitt Romney, Carroll responded to the accusations.

“The problem is that when you have these accusations that come out, it's not just one person you're attacking. It's an entire family. My husband doesn't want to hear that. He knows the type of woman I am. I mean, my kids know the type of woman I am. For twenty-nine years – I'm the one that's married for twenty-nine years. 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,” she told reporters.