Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz just can’t seem to stay out of scandal. You may recall her collusion, as former DNC Chair, with Hillary Clinton to block out Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primaries and guarantee Clinton the nomination.
Well, now in her own re-election that she won (maybe), there’s the small matter of missing ballots that have been illegally destroyed despite a challenge to the election.
From Fox News:
A Florida Circuit judge ruled Friday that the state’s second-most populous county violated state and federal laws by destroying ballots from a 2016 Democratic primary race which Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz won.
Circuit Judge Raag Singhal decided that the records were wrongly destroyed because the laws require elections offices to keep the ballots in federal elections for 22 months. Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes destroyed the ballots just after 12 months, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
The judge also noted that because the ballots were subject to a lawsuit, only a court order should have allowed their destruction.
The lawsuit was brought by Wasserman Schultz’s challenger Tim Canova who sued the elections office after alleging voter irregularities. He wanted to check the paper ballots but the office refused to comply and then wanted to charge him over $70,000. He lost by about 7000 votes.
The judge says that Snipes hasn’t given any evidence refuting the destruction of the ballots in violation of the law.
Snipes claims that the ballots were destroyed through a ‘mistake’ because of a mislabeled box. She says she didn’t destroy them intentionally. The judge said the intent was irrelevant.
An attorney for Snipes, Burnadette Norris-Weeks, said she will appeal the decision because the elections office never declined to provide the ballots to Canova, only objected to unreasonable demands.
“It was a mistake [destroying the original ballots], but the ballots were preserved,” Norris-Weeks told the Sun-Sentinel. “They were scanned shortly after the election.”
Gov. Rick Scott’s administration announced after the judge’s ruling that he would be sending election observers into Broward to ensure that the Broward elections office was following the law.
Canova is now moving for Snipes’ dismissal.
Interesting how these things just keep happening around Debbie Wasserman Schultz. And it would be even more interesting to find out if there were any communications between Snipes and Wasserman Schultz.
And once again mainstream media with the exception of Fox is pretty much ignoring the scandal.
Media has also been ignoring the huge IT scandal involving Imran Awan and Debbie Wasserman Schultz despite the concern that incredibly sensitive Congressional committee information may have been compromised or sent to Pakistan.
The media is focused on anything that points away from Democrats.