At the start of
the circus that is now the re-re-count of ballots in Florida, Governor
Jeb Bush, brother of George W., wisely recused himself from the
canvassing commission that he sits on as governor of the state of
Florida. It was widely
seen as a smart move least there be even the appearance of impropriety
on the commission that certifies the election results submitted by
county supervisors of elections.
But now it
appears there is another election official in Florida with a personal
vested interest in the outcome in the election.
Only this one has an interest in the hand-count underway in
Palm Beach County. Her
name is Theresa LePore, the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections,
and she should recuse herself from the count.
LePore has worked
in the office for almost 30 years.
She was first elected to the position of Supervisor of Election
in 1996. In the heavily
Democratic county of Palm Beach, LePore relies on the liberal voters
of the county for her job.
Now she has come
under fire as the designer of the infamous “Butterfly Ballot,” the
ballot liberals are now claiming was so difficult to use.
is a problem Democratic Party leaders have brought on themselves.
really believe it or not, they have convinced the activists among the
Democratic Party that ballot design was a major factor in thousands of
votes not being cast for Al Gore.
Should George W.
Bush end up as President of the United States, the Democrats will have
one mighty big target to blame it on:
Theresa LePore. This
gives her a vested interest in seeing Al Gore win.
She has already hired an attorney to defend herself against
This is not to
say that she WILL do anything not completely above board, but why risk
the appearance of impropriety.
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© Joseph M. Giardiello, 2000
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