Brenda Snipes, the Broward County, Florida supervisor of elections, pushed back against GOP Gov. Rick Scott’s suspension that threatens her pension.
Snipes rescinded her resignation letter on Saturday, which was to take effect on Jan. 4. The letter preceded Scott’s suspension of Snipes on Friday for misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Scott announced that Republican Peter Antonacci would replace the Democrat.
“We believe it’s a malicious action that should not have happened,” Broward elections office attorney Burnadette Norris Weeks said of Scott’s suspension, adding that the governor’s move was an attempt to take away 75-year-old Snipes’ pension.
Snipes earns a salary of $178,865 annually and would be eligible for a pension of $71,000 a year after 15 years of service as the county’s elections supervisor. A suspension, however, would eliminate her pension.
Snipes was attacked by Republicans, and even President Donald Trump, for her handling of the midterm election.
She was harshly criticized for her management of the tight Senate race between Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and Scott, who ultimately won the race. Broward failed to report vote totals to the state every 45 minutes on election night, and the county’s recount process took much longer than most other counties. Snipes also acknowledged that her office had misplaced more than 2,000 ballots included in the original count.
Norris Weeks said Scott was partly to blame because he issued time-consuming records requests and lawsuits after the county experienced heavy voter turnout and a significant number of ballots by mail.
By rescinding her resignation, Snipes intends to remain in office until her term ends in November 2020.
“We will be fighting this to the very end,” Norris Weeks vowed.
CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill After Comments About Palestine
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Marc Hill is correct. Palestinians deserve freedom as much as Israeli do! Period. Who ever is arguing for the country is the problem!— Cheikh T. Thiam (@CheikhTThiam) November 29, 2018
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Marc Hill should take a history course before doing anymore reports . Israel was there looooong before there was even any Palestine.— Buggsy (@GeorgeHarrold3) November 29, 2018
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Ok CNN but keep bringing on Alan Dershowitz who was paid $120K by anti-Muslim extremist group that literally publishes fake news and perpetuates hate and bigotry. Marc's firing is completely baseless and unwarranted. https://t.co/yS0GjNZX6S— Rowaida Abdelaziz (@Rowaida_Abdel) November 29, 2018
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What a disgraceful day for journalism. @CNN & @FoxNews r in agreement over equating Palestinian human rights with Jewish bigotry. Ur regressing our collective fight 4 freedom & punishing @marclamonthill 4 speaking on behalf of majority of world outside US https://t.co/FCaolyqo4V— Noura Erakat (@4noura) November 29, 2018
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Outraged to hear that @CNN fired Marc Lamont Hill for advocating for Palestinian rights in a speech to the UN. Calling for Palestinians to have equal rights in their ancestral lands is NOT racism or anti-Semitism. Shame on Israel’s speech suppression lobbyists and shame on CNN! https://t.co/bFCGte2lJ7— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) November 29, 2018
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CNN fired Marc Lamont Hill, but giving shows and airtime to alt-right figures on a regular basis is OK apparently.— Torraine Walker (@TorraineWalker) November 29, 2018
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Rick Santorum said climate change is a hoax and scientists are bought off by big government grant money on @CNN like last week and he still has a job. Marc Lamont Hill mildly criticizes Israel and he's fired immediately.— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) November 29, 2018
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I guess I don't understand why ppl on the Left who aren't eliminationist anti-Semites could possibly be okay w/Marc Lamont Hill calling for the destruction of Israel using Palestinian dog-whistle language when they harp on 'dog whistles' from the Right all the time but that's me.— Jeff B., who on earth is this guy?? (@EsotericCD) November 29, 2018
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CNN fired its only good commentator, Marc Lamont Hill, because he criticized Israel's violations of international law and called for "a single secular democratic state for everyone"— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) November 29, 2018
Opposing apartheid and supporting secular democracy is a fireable offense https://t.co/nX1hv4PDF5
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This is KEY: how can CNN fire @marclamonthill while keeping onboard @RickSantorum whose views of Palestinians are literally genocidal? Unless the news network's position is that the Palestinians have no rights and no humanity? And only Israel lives and perspectives matter? https://t.co/DUC9v9r1i6— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) November 29, 2018
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