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Thu Nov 4, 2021, 09:45 AM

DeSantis' office cites backlog for delay in reviewing election fraud case

The Florida Commission on Ethics sent the case to the governor last week after it found that a Miami candidate filed inaccurate campaign documents with the state and accepted more than $40,000 from a Republican operative.

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis, who on Wednesday said he wants to create a new state office to investigate and prosecute election-related fraud, has yet to weigh in on a state ethics case involving a sham no-party candidate who is accused of violating campaign finance laws in an attempt to sway a Miami election.

Citing a 15-case backlog, DeSantis’ office said the governor has not had a chance to review and make a final decision on whether the no-party candidate, Alexis Pedro Rodriguez, should be reprimanded.

The Florida Commission on Ethics sent the case to the governor last week, after it found that Rodriguez had filed inaccurate campaign documents with the state and accepted money — more than $40,000 — from a Republican operative with the understanding that he would change his party affiliation from Republican to no party to run in a 2020 legislative race in Miami.

The commission recommended that the governor impose the maximum penalty for the campaign finance violation, which includes a $20,000 fine, a public censure and formal reprimand for his violations.

https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida-politics/2021/11/03/desantis-office-cites-backlog-for-delay-in-reviewing-election-fraud-case/

Ah yessssss, DeSantis is soooo busy he just hasn't had a chance to review this case...

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