I wasn’t following West’s demand for a recount beyond the fact the he was convinced something was screwy and was suing to protect his right to a fair election. Then I ran across this article from American Thinker and the link to John Fund’s article. If John Fund says it stinks, trust me it stinks.
Democrat Patrick Murphy, who leads West by some 2,000 votes, is trying to stop a full recount of controversial early ballots cast in St. Lucie County. His current victory margin is just large enough to avoid triggering an automatic recall of all precincts and all votes.
…Gertrude Walker, the 32-year-veteran election supervisor of St. Lucie County…has spent much of the last two weeks explaining why her office completely botched the count. She admitted that her office had acted in “haste” in issuing election results, and that “mistakes were made.” Among her mistakes was failing to count 40 of the 94 precincts under her jurisdiction on Election Night – and then counting the other 54 twice. Indeed. On Friday, her office announced it had “discovered” 304 additional early votes left in a box. None had been counted
But Walker wasn’t available for comment. She has been hospitalized for unknown reasons.
Even worse, Walker’s office has failed to meet the legal deadline for completing the count, and now seeks to send in admittedly flawed results for certification, handing the election to Murphy.
Fund’s article goes into greater detail.
The news was one reason that Florida’s secretary of state has dispatched a team of experts to audit St. Lucie’s procedures. The St. Lucie Election Canvassing Board voted to approve a complete recount of all the early ballots. It began the recount on Saturday but stopped it at 8 p.m. because the county building’s security system was set to be switched on later that night. Some people complained that the alarms have been switched off in the past to allow county business to continue after hours, but their complaints were ignored. The recount resumed on Sunday morning, but it missed the noon deadline to submit the county’s final returns to Florida’s secretary of state.
So, on Sunday, the previous results—the ones showing Democrat Murphy ahead—were sent to Florida’s secretary of state for certification.
Walker has a history of abetting or ignoring sloppy election procedures. In 2003, a state-appointed task force of six election experts found that Mariam Oliphant, the then–Supervisor of Elections in Broward County, was incapable of running her office and counting votes correctly. Among other problems, she had hired a homeless man who refused to count certain ballots.
The task force recommended removing Oliphant from office. The only dissenter was Gertrude Walker, even though local NAACP chapters had urged Oliphant, who like Walker is African American, to step down from her position for reasons of incompetence.
In her own county, Walker dragged her feet at implementing any efforts to remove dead voters, felons, or non-citizens from the voter rolls. “We’re being very deliberative about it,” Walker told the Palm Beach Post in 2004. “We want to make sure we don’t disenfranchise anyone or even notify someone they are a possible felon unless we have confirmation of it.” Earlier this year, Walker delayed sending out letters to non-citizens telling them they should clarify their status or risk being removed from the voter rolls. Even though the list had been developed by the Florida Department of State using federal data, Walker said she didn’t trust the validity of the information.
Understand what is happening here. West is in a tough district. But that doesn’t mean he should be subjected to outright election fraud. How in the world can you attempt to certify an election when you refuse to count forty precincts and double count fifty-four others! Yet she did and then checked herself into a hospital to avoid interrogations.
Seriously, has Florida become Venezuela? Are we here in Florida going to allow Philly type elections or Chicago style politics? Worse, what about the other candidates? Don’t they have a right to have every vote count or is that only in Republican run areas?
I hope West’s attorneys are good at what they do and hammer the living dog snot out of Walker and her obviously incompetent or worse corrupt organization.
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“The ends justify the means”, is the mantra the Left lives by and the Left fears Allen West as a someday candidate for higher office. Cutting him off at the knees here would be a step toward their goal of eliminating his rising star. They’ll go after Rubio next.
P.S. Are you tired of hearing stories like this and seeing faces attached to those stories like this? If this were a Democrat candidate and a white Republican election official, the NY Times and MSNBC would be howling from the rooftops!
The trick here is finding out just how afraid Gov Rick Scott is of the blacks in Florida. He already submarined George Zimmerman’s civil and Constitutional rights in order to avoid a confrontation with the racially pumped up black community. Can he find the guts to send down some experts to recount the entire county to make sure Ms. Walker hasn’t stolen another election illegally? Or will her color protect her from Governor Scott?
Because you know and I know somebody is going to make the charge to try and keep him off of her incompetence.
Again, aren’t we a little beyond using “but I’m black” as a excuse for not doing your job up to par?
Martin Luther King wouldn’t stand for it.
Neither should we or Allen West.
Update: Seems West conceded. There is a line between what you know and what you can prove. West’s people decided they could not cross from one to the other. Here is part of his statement:
“For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly. We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process. While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.
“While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results and the actions of the St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections rightly raise questions in my mind and for many voters, after much analysis and yesterday’s recount in St. Lucie County, our legal team does not believe there are enough over-counted, undercounted or fraudulent votes to change the outcome of the election.
“While a contest of the election results might have changed the vote totals, we do not have evidence that the outcome would change. Given the extremely high evidentiary hurdles involved in a successful challenge, I will not ask my generous supporters to help fund a drawn-out, expensive legal effort with little chance of success. Therefore, we will not contest the certification or challenge the seating of Congressman-Elect Murphy.
“Serving the people in the House of Representatives has been among the highest honors of my life, but this seat does not belong to me, or for that matter, to any individual. It belongs to the people. I want to congratulate my opponent, Patrick Murphy, as the new Congressman from 18th Congressional District. I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own.
A good Governor would very quietly go to the people in Palm Beach and audit their procedures. West is a victim of sloppiness and incompetence. He may have lost, but we’ll never know for sure. Fraud occurs along a line. You may be able to discover it at one point along that line and be unable to prove it at other points long that same line. The fatal blow location may never be discovered, if it exists.
That is the beauty of election fraud in America and why any Republican running needs to know he or she must win beyond the threshold of any potential malfeasance.
The Left won this one- again. Someday we’ll get tired of letting them cheat. Maybe we’ll join them, maybe we’ll expose them. But we can’t keep letting them get away with it.
Update two: A friend of mine stated I might sound a little racist in this post. That is not my intention nor my belief. In fact, I’m probably that guy who hates the idea of blacks being considered a lesser group, even though there are many examples of their sub-cultural breakdown in many parts of the country. But even if culture can influence a person- if that persons lets it- it does not define the person. The person defines himself or herself.
I separate a person from their color by their behavior, performance and attitude. Which makes me very depressed when I witness liberal blacks in America tending to use race as an excuse for performance. Further, no elected official should be put into office because of his or her race. ( A good example is Jesse Jackson Jr. He’s nuts. He’s in a mental institution dealing with mental illness. When he gets out he’s going to prison for corruption according to the latest sources. Yet, he is reelected to office not because he can serve the people of his district, which is why he SHOULD be reelected, but because of who he is and who his constituents are.)
I will say that you will not see conservative blacks making the same case when they fail. Condi Rice never says her foreign policy failures were because of her color or ask that her color should protect her from criticism. Same goes for Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell and even Allen West. And as you know, it is obvious that color does not protect conservatives when the criticism comes from the Let. Which is a weird and almost insane distinction made by the Left. They berate a conservative black person and that is okay. I criticize a black person’s behavior, performance or attitude, and I’m a racist. Go figure.
Nobody can function fairly on either side of this kind of standard. The person having trouble can’t get better because they don’t have to, the person criticizing them is demeaned and damaged for simply pointing out the facts. How is that a good thing? And how can we have an honest debate on the merits of an issue if at the first sign one side is losing it can throw a “race flag” and end the debate?
My point with Walker and Allen is that both are of color. One is a conservative and one appears to be quite the liberal. One may be the victim of election fraud at the worst or incompetence at the least. Yet, we see nothing but happiness and gloating from the Left. Change the people out, put in a conservative election official and a liberal candidate and suddenly the ugly issue of bias and race comes up.
How is that exactly?