Brenda Snipes. Ring a bell? It should. She was Broward County’s corrupt Supervisor of Elections.
Just to recap:
*They lost 2,000 ballots during machine recount
*Mixed invalid ballots with valid ones*Missed a critical deadline
*Had to be forced by a judge to turn over public records
*Failed to report results on election night in a timely manner
So yeah, a couple of tweaks.
— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) November 18, 2018
Former Florida Gov. Rick Scott accused her of committing “multiple violations of Florida law” and suspended her, even though she submitted a resignation.
“After a series of inexcusable actions, 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,” he said in a statement at the time.
He wanted her out ASAP. So Snipes, being the snake that she is, rescinded her resignation and lawyered up. She promised she’d be “fighting this to the very end.”
“We believe these actions are malicious, we believe that the allegations that are set forth in the governor’s executive order are done for the purposes of embarrassing Dr. Snipes — embarrassing her and tarnishing her record, and we will be fighting this,” attorney Burnadette Norris-Weeks said.
A federal judge is taking Snipes’ side. Chief U.S. District Judge Mark E. Walker concluded that Scott “vilified Snipes, trampled her due-process rights and used vague and meaningless catch-all terms to do so.”
As a result of having “zero opportunity to tell her side of the story,” Snipes must be given the chance, either in writing or orally, to be heard no later than March 31, Walker wrote.
She didn’t have a chance to tell her side of the story? HELLO. She could’ve appeared on ANY network to explain. She could’ve called for a press conference at ANY time, and reporters would’ve rushed there. She is NOT a victim.
The judge warned that if terms like “misfeasance” and “incompetence” are used when Snipes is given notice of a hearing, the notice “must identify what specific conduct those kinds of phrases refer to.”
Um, how about losing thousands of ballots? Is that specific enough for you, Walker?
It will be newly elected Gov. Ron DeSantis’ responsibility to carry out the judge’s order.
Snipes, 76, went before the judge in Tallahassee on Monday and asked to be reinstated, accusing Scott of trying to “tar her” with false allegations of incompetence.
Despite calls to their cellphones, neither Snipes nor her attorney could be reached for comment Wednesday night.
She has some nerve. We haven’t seen the last of her, unfortunately.