Florida Gov. Scott’s fight with election chief Brenda Snipes heats up, as replacement installed

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The election may be decided, but the fight between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and ousted Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes appears to have only just begun.

In the latest chapter of the ongoing saga, Peter Antonacci was sworn in on Monday to replace Snipes after Scott suspended her last week for “misfeasance, incompetence, neglect of duty” following a month of harsh criticism over Snipes’ mistakes during a recount of three statewide races in November. In one of those races, Scott – whose term in the governor’s house ends in January – defeated incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

While Snipes has made no public statements about Antonacci taking over her job for the final two years of her term, she does not appear to be going down without a fight.

Snipes had originally said she was resigning from her elected post as of January 4, but after Scott suspended her last Friday, she rescinded her resignation and said she has no plans to step down. During a press conference on Saturday, a lawyer representing Snipes, Burnadette Norris-Weeks, accused Scott of holding her client to an unfair standard and denied the governor’s accusations of any wrongdoing or misconduct on the part of Snipes. – READ MORE

 

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