The West-Murphy race spans three Florida counties — Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie. Since I volunteered for Congressman West's legal team, I've been surprised at the level of hostility and lack of cooperation from Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher and St. Lucie Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker. The most significant issue is in St. Lucie. Walker promised online that she would re-count all 37,379 of the early voting ballots after her staff double-fed some ballots into the scanning machines the first time around. But Walker changed her mind once we arrived. Instead, she only re-counted 16,275 of the ballots, those cast from Nov. 1 to 3, the ballots she thinks may have been double-counted. Afterward, the vote count for both candidates decreased by more than 800 votes, with 80 percent of the decrease affecting West's Democratic opponent, Patrick Murphy.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Jewish libertarian serving as one of Allen West's lawyers in Fla. recount battle
by Eric Dondero Jeffrey Scott Shapiro is a longtime libertarian activist. His parents were part of Ayn Rand's inner circle in the early 1960s. In the late 1990s he organized a Libertaian Student Assoc. nationwide, and served as an intern at the Libertarian Party national headquarters. He was involved briefly with the Republican Liberty Caucus in Florida. Shapiro went on to pursue a career as an investigative journalist. He was the star reporter for the National Enquirer during the Jon Bonay-Ramsey murder case. More recently, Shapiro has also worked on the staff at Breitbart.com. Now, Shapiro is one of a team of lawyers, working on the recount for the Allen West reelection effort in south Florida. He penned this editorial (excerpt) in the Orlando Sun-Sentinel yesterday - "Recount needed in West race":