'I Hold Him Fully Accountable': AB Stoddard Blasts Rick Scott, Blames Him for Brenda Snipes, FL Fiasco
Real Clear Politics editor AB Stoddard blasted Florida Gov. Rick Scott and blamed him for the ongoing election fiasco in the Sunshine State.
Stoddard noted that embattled Broward County Board of Elections Chairwoman Dr. Brenda Snipes (D) was appointed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) after her predecessor oversaw the Bush v. Gore recount of 2000.
"She was brought in by [Jeb Bush] because the person before her was a disaster," Stoddard said, noting that the younger brother of George W. Bush replaced a Democrat with another Democrat in the South Florida county.
"I hold [Scott] fully accountable for the state of the voting system in Florida today," she added.
Scott, a two-term governor who succeeded then-Republican Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) and prior to that, Bush, has held office for 8 years.
"It's on him, and poor Ron DeSantis (R-Palm Coast) better clean it up in the next two years," she said. DeSantis currently holds a thin but vote-wise voluminous lead over Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D).
Stoddard said that throughout Scott's tenure, he had the opportunity to replace Snipes -- who previously came under fire for prematurely destroying ballots during the contentious Democratic primary race in 2016 between Rep. Deborah Wasserman-Schultz and Timothy Canova.
"Rick Scott is ahead, he's going to win this," Stoddard said, calling the former health care executive "incredibly petty" in the way he has sought to litigate in recent days.
"I'm exasperated by this," she said.
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