Florida Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis was sure of a few things amid the machine recount of Florida’s races for governor and senator.
Although his gubernatorial race against Democrat Andrew Gillum was close, DeSantis told “Fox & Friends” on Monday that he was confident the machine recount would back his winning margin.
“The only thing better than being elected governor of Florida is being elected twice in two weeks,” the Florida Republican said.
“My margin was significant enough, we knew the machine recount was not going to change it,” he noted, adding he was also confident of Gov. Rick Scott’s recount victory over Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson, who conceded the US Senate race after a contentious recount process that saw Scott level several lawsuits alleging voter fraud.
Following days of incompetent voting counts and members of both parties hurling angry accusations of stealing elections, DeSantis is confident about one other thing: if former Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes had not resigned, he would have given her the boot.
“I think it’s good that Brenda Snipes has submitted her resignation. There was no way as governor that I was going to let her preside over another election down there after all the problems that they had,” the former Congressman said.
Snipes submitted her resignation, which takes effect in January, hours after Nelson conceded to Scott. Snipes, appointed in 2003 by former Gov. Jeb Bush, resigned amid calls for her firing in the face of the botched recounts and a slew of other cases of ineptitude.
Since Snipes’ resignation is not effective immediately, DeSantis will be appointing her replacement as he steps into his new position in January as well.
The governor-elect noted that the issues that arose in Florida in the midterm elections process will be dealt with, explaining how 65 counties in the Sunshine State did “a good job” while Palm Beach and Broward counties basically “dropped the ball.”
Looking ahead to when he is sworn in, DeSantis joked that he would be baby-proofing the governor’s mansion as his family, which includes a two-year-old daughter and an eight-month-old son, will be moving in. He also noted that he will be appointing three supreme court justices as well as taking on education reform and economic development.
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