Florida Democratic Party Chairman Scott Maddox marched into Jeb Bush’s office. He issued a formal request demanding any records showing the governor knew Florida’s voter purge list had problems at least two months before he scrapped it.
Maddox was angry about an e-mail from back in May. An employee working on the purge list said they asked the governor to pull the plug on it because bugs hadn’t been worked out yet, but the employee says the governor rejected their concerns.
Maddox says, "When an official from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement writes in an e-mail that the governor was told of the mistakes in the list and still wanted to push forward, that brings me to the conclusion that he would do anything to help his brother in November."
The state had tried to keep the list secret, but reporters took the issue to court and won over the governor’s objections.
Across town, civil rights advocate Jesse Jackson called the e-mail just the latest example of a governor trying to use his power to influence the election’s outcome.
The Jeb Bush administration denies there’s any deliberate attempt to throw voters off the roles with a flawed felon list and they insist there’s no conspiracy here to steal the election.
"As soon as those flaws were discovered, the governor along with Secretary Hood decided to pull the list and that’s what we did as soon as the flaws were discovered."
But the response is unlikely to satisfy Democrats or silence Jeb Bush’s critics.
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