Crooked Florida Election Official Brenda Snipes Vows to Keep Her Job
Only a couple of weeks after announcing that she was resigning her post as Broward County supervisor of elections in disgrace, Brenda Snipes said Saturday that she was rescinding her resignation and staying in the job.
Snipes’ reversal came after Governor Rick Scott suspended her on Friday and replaced her with his former general counsel, Peter Antonacci. Snipes and her lawyer claimed in a news conference that Scott’s decision was “malicious.” They said they would not be “fighting this to the very end.”
Snipes’ attorney suggested to the press that Broward voters should be suspicious about Scott’s move and wary of his motives in the Democrat stronghold heading into the next election.
Because if someone’s going to be monkeying around with the votes in Broward, it should be a Democrat, damn it!
Oops, did we use the word “monkey” in correlation to Florida politics?
“After a series of inexcusable actions,” said Gov. Scott in a statement, “it’s clear that there needs to be an immediate change in Broward County and taxpayers should no longer be burdened by paying a salary for a supervisor of elections who has already announced resignation.”
Snipes’ work history came under considerable scrutiny last month when she proceeded to utterly botch the Broward elections count and then its subsequent recounts. Accusations of fraud and irregularities came hurling at Snipes, and they only grew stronger when it was revealed that her office “misplaced” more than 2,000 ballots. Further problems developed when Snipes acknowledged that illegitimate ballots had accidentally been put through the recount machine along with the good ones, thus throwing the entire process into doubt.
This was not the first time Snipes found her competence/fidelity to the law being questioned. In 2017, a judge found that her office had illegally destroyed ballots after being instructed by the court to retain them following a controversial Democratic primary elections.
In a strange statement of her own at the press conference, Snipes appeared to suggest that the faults belonged not to her but, perhaps, to the office building in which she worked.
“We follow all statutes that are set forward in the state, we take the appropriate kind of training, we have invested in a lot of equipment,” she said. “But there are issues that need to be dealt with in terms of structure — that can be legal structure, it can be the physical structure that we work in. Going forward we hope you’ll stay out there and have an open mind about this whole process. That’s really critical in any success we have in dealing with this issue.”
This appears to be nothing more or less than a desperate attempt to hold onto her pension, which could amount to as much as $70,000. Which, as far as we’re concerned, is about $70,000 more than Florida taxpayers should have to pay a fraudster like her.