This guy has been wrapping himself in the flag since day 1 of his political career. How odd, then, that he suddenly decide to take off the flag, so he can wipe his ass with the Constitution. West is done. He’s lost. No tin-hatter “stolen election” theory is going to work in the state of Governor Rick Scott.
And yet, West has absolutely no use for the democratic electoral process. And here I thought these guys were all about “freedom.” Yeah, I know…. all GOP positions have conditions. Why don’t they just change their motto to “Good For Me, But Not For Thee?”
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner is sending three representatives to St. Lucie County today to try to figure out how 799 votes disappeared in Sunday’s partial recount of the tight, nationally watched congressional race between Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West and Democrat Patrick Murphy.
“We are concerned whenever there is a question about the accuracy of results,” Detzner spokesman Chris Cate said Tuesday.
West, who trails Murphy by 1,907 votes or 0.58 percent in unofficial returns, has cited the problems with St. Lucie County’s counting of early votes in his refusal to concede the race.
West’s campaign filed a complaint in St. Lucie County Circuit Court on Tuesday asking a judge to order a recount of all 37,379 ballots cast in St. Lucie County during the eight-day early voting period. St. Lucie, Martin and northern Palm Beach counties make up congressional District 18.
West argues a full recount is justified because a partial recount on Sunday showed Murphy losing 667 votes and West losing 132 — a net gain of 535 votes for West.
Murphy’s lead remains larger than the 0.5 percent that triggers a recount under state law. But state law also empowers a county to conduct a “retabulation” of votes if it “determines that the unofficial returns may contain a counting error in which the vote tabulation system failed to count votes that were properly marked.”
It is possible, but extremely unlikely, that the local election is so marred that West could win it. And he has to know that. The problems he cites are very real ones, so it seems to me that West could best serve Florida now by doing everything he can to make sure that no more Florida elections are this screwed up.
Something tells me I shouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen.