Rick Scott files lawsuits accusing Democrats of trying to ‘steal the election’
It’s election time, it’s Florida, and that means controversy.
The state has had its fair share of close contests in recent years, but the election last Tuesday for governor and senator may not be decided by ballots that were cast on election day.
In fact, in the senate race between incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson and former Governor Rick Scott, there have already been some curious goings-on by Democratic election officials that have forced Scott to file suit against heavily Democratic counties of Broward and Palm Beach,
Scott is out and out accusing Democrats of trying to steal the election.
Accusing Democrats of conducting a coordinated effort to “steal” elections in a campaign of possibly “rampant fraud,” Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott filed explosive lawsuits late Thursday against the top election officials in two heavily Democratic counties, as they continue to report new votes and three major races in the state appear headed for recounts.
In their lawsuit against Broward County, Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committeee (NRSC) allege that officials there are hiding critical information about the number of votes cast and counted. And in a parallel suit against Palm Beach County, Scott and the NRSC charge that the election supervisor there illegally used her own judgment to determine voter intent when reviewing damaged or incorrectly filled-out absentee ballots, while refusing to allow impartial witnesses to monitor the process.
The arrogance of these people is astounding. They’re not even trying to hide their cheating. As of early this morning, Scott leads Nelson by about 15,000 votes. How many votes counted since Tuesday night/Wednesday morning have favored Nelson?
“I will not stand idly by while unethical liberals try to steal an election,” Scott, who is currently Florida’s governor, said at a press conference outside the Governor’s Mansion, as he slammed potential “rampant fraud” in the race.
Scott is running against longtime incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. On Thursday, a Nelson spokesperson tersely dismissed Scott’s effort: “The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately. Rick Scott’s action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation.”
The bombshell litigation comes hours after Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, in an extraordinary series of tweets that alleged incompetence if not outright complicity by Florida officials, charged that Democratic lawyers were “descending on” the state in a calculated attempt to “change the results” and “try and steal” several statewide races. …