Less than 24 hours after outgoing Gov. Rick Scott formally suspended her via executive order, embattled Broward County elections chief Brenda Snipes rescinded the resignation she had submitted prior to his decision.
The New York Times reports that on Friday, November 30, Governor Scott announced his plans to strip Dr. Snipes of her title and promptly replace her with his former general counsel Peter Antonacci. Echoing concerns from both Republicans and Democrats over a number of controversies that have tainted elections she's overseen, Scott cited a "demonstrated malfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty" in his decision to fire the 75-year-old office veteran.
As CBS News cites in its coverage of the developments, Gov. Scott's order was roundly criticized from the left, with chairman of the Broward County Democratic Party, Cynthia Busch, questioning why a relatively inexperienced "Republican Party stalwart" was being brought on board to fill-in for Dr. Snipes, and ex-senator out of Fort Lauderdale, Chris Smith, calling the move "spiteful." Dr. Snipes' attorney Burnadette Norris-Weeks conveyed just as much grief over the announcement, posing during a press conference held over the weekend, that Dr. Snipes' team believes such "malicious" action was taken "for the purposes of embarrassing Dr. Snipes — embarrassing her and tarnishing her record."
Norris-Weeks would also update reporters on Dr. Snipes' plan to call off the January 4 date of her scheduled resignation in the interest of completing her term, which won't expire until November of 2020.