Rep. Allen West still refuses to concede, calls recount a ‘sham’
Palm Beach Gardens – After a partial recount of early voting ballots on Sunday, Republican Rep. Allen West still refuses to relinquish his Florida congressional seat to Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, calling the recount a sham.
The gap is larger than the 0.5 percent or less needed for an official recount under Florida election law.
Originally it was thought St. Lucie County election workers would recount all early voting ballots.
Only the last three days of early voting were recounted. Assistant County Attorney Heather Young told WPTV News Channel 5 the recount would only include the last three days of early voting because those were the only days the county encountered problems reading memory cards.
West’s team called the recount a “sham,” arguing that all eight days of early ballots should be recounted and threatening further legal action.
“We’ll pursue every legal action available to us to ensure that every vote is counted fairly and accurately in this election and once we’re satisfied that’s been the case, obviously we’ll be ready to move forward. But at this point and time, there’s a number of questions that need to be answered,” said Tim Edson, the campaign manager for Allen West.
An attorney for Murphy was also present during the recount and said the West campaign is wasting time in pursuing legal action.
“Their ball seems to be continuing to change and it is clear, it is a resounding victory for Patrick Murphy and it is time for us to move forward and do the people’s business and it’s time for Mr. West to take the honorable course, recognized the inevitable,” said Sean Dominick, an attorney for Murphy.
West has been keeping a low public profile since Tuesday’s election. On Sunday, the Palm Beach Gardens Republican posted a statement on Facebook:
Today is Veteran’s Day and I am spending the day at several events with those few who have always answered our Nation’s call. They are the guardians of our liberties and freedoms.
However, on this day I am deeply troubled by the voting procedure issues emanating from St Lucie County. It is unconscionable to me to witness what is transpiring before our eyes.
This is not about who gets a congressional seat, because it belongs to the people. This is about preserving the integrity of the voting process and the fundamental right to free and honest elections, because it is for that which I, and all veterans, have risked our lives.