Congressman Allen West’s campaign manager, Tim Edson, didn’t seem deterred by the judge’s decision Friday denying the campaign’s request to preserve the St. Lucie County ballots for a recount.
Edson said he also wasn’t surprised by the threat by Patrick Murphy’s attorney to take the county canvassing board to court if it decides to do a recount to correct some inconsistencies in early voting ballots.
Edson said Murphy was more concerned with “pretending to be a congressman” than with getting an accurate count in the race.
In a press release published shortly after the hearing:
“Patrick Murphy sent an army of lawyers to this hearing to argue that votes should not be counted accurately and fairly. Unfortunately, the court chose not to get involved. While we respect the court’s decision, we remain concerned the voters in St. Lucie County will not be able to have confidence in the integrity of the electoral process and their right to a fair election, and will continue to pursue all legal options to ensure they do.
It became apparent today that Patrick Murphy has no interest in having a fair and accurate count of votes. We are dismayed that a man who clearly has no respect for the law suddenly wants to lecture others about it. Regarding the “rule of law,” the fact that the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections did not follow it is part of the reason we have found so many discrepancies with the votes.
It’s also clear Patrick Murphy has had such a good time with Nancy Pelosi pretending to be a congressman, he realizes a recount would likely derail his plans, and that’s why his lawyers promised a lawsuit if all votes are recounted fairly and accurately. It’s an interesting stance from a candidate who said he was the clear and outright winner. Further, it is curious that a so-called CPA would not be concerned that numbers simply don’t add up.”