You’re not going to believe this story.
You may recall that Brenda Snipes, the controversial Broward County elections supervisor, had said it was time to go after the midterm vote-counting debacle. She tendered her resignation and prepared to step down in January.
But then, Governor Rick Scott said on Friday that he was suspending her and appointing Peter Antonacci to take over in the interim.
That didn’t sit well with Snipes.
From Fox News:
Snipes responded by rescinding her previous resignation — and will now be “fighting this to the very end,” her attorney said during a Saturday news conference.
“We believe these actions are malicious,” said Burnadette Norris-Weeks, who said that Broward County voters should be concerned about what Scott is trying to do in the Democratic stronghold by putting in an ally who could oversee the office into the 2020 elections.
Snipes has been the top elections official in the south Florida county since 2003 when then-Gov. Jeb Bush appointed her. She came under withering criticism for her handling of this year’s elections, as well as its legally required recount in close races for governor and U.S. Senate. She had been elected three times and her current term was not scheduled to end until 2020.
In his executive order, Scott said he was suspending Snipes due to misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty. His order cited problems during the recount, including reports of more than 2,000 ballots being misplaced. She also came under fire in 2017 after she destroyed year-old ballots in violation of law.
Scott said he did it because there had to be an immediate change and taxpayers shouldn’t have to be paying her salary.
Technically, her term is until 2020.
What happens now that she’s rescinded her resignation is that they would have to come to some deal to reinstate her resignation or they would need to get the state senate to remove or reinstate her.
Snipes said on Saturday that “we have always done our work in an air of quality and integrity.”