The fallout of Florida's turbulent recount is escalating after the state's outgoing Republican governor decided to abolish a denomination in…
The fallout of Florida’s turbulent recount is escalating after the state’s outgoing Republican governor decided to abolish a denomination in South Florida.
.gov. Rick Scott late Friday suspended the emblem Broward County’s Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, despite Snipes having already agreed to abandon his post in early January. Scott replaced Snipes with his previous General Council, although Peter Antonacci has no election experience.
Snipes responded by repealing his previous retirement – and will now “fight this to the end,” her lawyer said during a Saturday conference.
“We think these actions are evil,” said Burnadette Norris-Weeks, who said Broward County voters would be concerned about what Scott was trying to do in the Democratic Highlands by setting up an Alliance that could supervise the office in 2020- election.
Snipes has been the premier election manager in Southern Florida County since 2003 when then-Gov. Jeb Bush appointed her. She came under critical criticism for her management of the year’s elections, as well as its legally necessary recalculation in close competitions for governor and US senate. She had been chosen three times and her current maturity was not scheduled to end until 2020.
In his executive order, Scott said that he suspend Snipes because of incorrectness, incompetence and neglect of duty. His order quoted problems under the recount, including reports of more than 2,000 valor misspelled. She also became fire in 201
7 after she destroyed annual polls in violation of law. Shortly after the story started, Scott himself suggested fraud, but never offered any concrete examples.
“After a series of untrue actions, it is obvious that there must be an immediate change in Broward County and taxpayers should no longer be charged by paying a salary to an election supervisor who has already announced termination,” Scott said in a statement.
During his eight years of employment, Scott has rarely lifted elected officials unless they were first accused of crimes. The Florida law requires the state senate either to remove or restore county officials interrupted by the governor.
Scott replaced Snipes with Antonacci, who has had a number of services on behalf of the governor. Antonacci also played a central role in the controversial decision to force concern by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey 2015. Antonacci has been president of Florida’s Economic Development Agency since last year.
Snipes appeared at the beginning of the Saturday press conference, inviting people to “have an open mind about the whole process”. She claimed that “we have always done our work in an air of quality and integrity.”