WASHINGTON. After considerable embarrassment over her handling of the recent Broward County election recounts in Florida, Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes called it quits.
In her resignation letter of November 18th, Snipes wrote:
“Although I have enjoyed this work tremendously over these many election cycles, both large and small, I am ready to pass the torch. Therefore, I request that you accept my letter of resignation effective January 4, 2019.”
Rick Scott’s parting shot
Gov. Rick Scott, who is heading to the United States Senate despite Snipes’s best efforts to scrounge up last-minute votes for Democratic challenger and long-time incumbent Bill Nelson, issued an executive order to speed up Snipes’s departure.
“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.”
Brenda Snipes: Show me the money!
Snipes, who maintained a cold-blooded, reptilian calm while critics accused her of corruption and gross incompetence, sprang into explosive action at the prospect of lost income and the possible forfeiture of her generous pension.
Brenda Snipes, reports the Sun Sentinel, is entitled to a government pension of nearly $11,000 a month. And so Snipes, through her attorney, announced she was, well, un-resigning.
Lawyer Burnadette Norris-Weeks said of Gov. Scotts’s executive order:
“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. In addition to that, Dr. Snipes hereby rescinds her resignation that was set forth which would have been effective on the fourth of January.”
The high price of corrupt incompetence
You see, nothing embarrasses shameless, seat-warming bureaucrats more than getting fired from a cushy job. Worse, a job they managed to latch on to for more than a decade. A job that required agonizing hours of clock-watching and two-hour, two-martini lunches. One where votes were mysteriously lost and then found. And after all that hard work, you suddenly find you have lost a monthly pension rivaled only by the oil revenue checks cut to pudgy Saudi royals.
A dysfunctional and sleepy GOP
Dominic Calabro, of the government watchdog organization Florida TaxWatch, told the Sun Sentinel he hopes Florida’s Republican controlled legislature passes new laws reining in such exorbitant pensions. But, he noted, it’s more likely a citizen’s petition drive will ultimately put the issue before voters as a constitutional amendment.
Ironically, we must remember that former GOP Governor Jeb Bush actually appointed Snipes to her current / former position. Thereafter, Florida’s virtually supine Republican-controlled legislature stood idly by as Broward County election officials botched (stole?) one election after another.
Brenda Snipes certainly deserves to be booted from her supervisor of elections’ office. (She still lists her name on that website.)
But in addition, the GOP desperately needs to end its complacency and become at last an alert and functioning party that faces the Democrats’ 24/7 dirty trick machine – at both the state and national levels.
Top Images: Dr. Brenda Snipes and inset of Florida election official
looking for hanging chads on 2000 presidential ballots. Fox News screen capture.