Nikki Fried asks the federal government to monitor electoral activities in Florida
Charge the government Ron DeSantis and Republican leaders attempt to ‘bend or override Democratic standards’ Agriculture Commissioner and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fried Nikki asks the federal government to monitor Florida’s electoral activities.
In a letter she sent on Monday to Kristen Clarke, Deputy United States Attorney General for Civil Rights, Fried called on the Justice Department to closely monitor the election-related actions of Florida officials and “take appropriate federal action as necessary.”
In doing so, Fried expressed a preemptive concern for the integrity of the general election, which could lead him to challenge DeSantis.
His letter follows a similar letter, with accusations and a call to action similar to that of his Democratic gubernatorial opponent. charlie christ sent last week to the attorney general Merrick Garland.
Fried cited what she called “discriminatory congressional maps, new voter suppression measures, and a secretary of state with radical far-right views.” This last charge was a reference to Cord Byrda former Neptune Beach Republican for three terms.
She specifically cited SB 90and another measure establishing the new electoral police. She also explicitly sued Byrd and his wife, Esther Byrdrecently appointed to State Board of Education.
“Secretary Byrd and his wife, also named by DeSantis, have made supportive comments regarding far-right fringe elements such as QAnon and the Proud Boys and defended those involved in the insurgency,” Fried charged.
She called the list of actions she was referring to a threat to civil rights in Florida.
“These actions, recently highlighted by Florida Supreme Court Refusal to hear a challenge to Governor Ron DeSantis’ blatantly discriminatory hand-crafted Congressional maps illustrate a deliberate attempt to undermine the will of the people and entrench one-party rule in the state,” Fried wrote.
“As an independently elected member of the Florida Cabinet, I have a duty to alert your office and our federal partners to these concerning events,” Fried added.
Fried or Crist would likely be involved in the election, winning the Democratic primary for governor. In the polls, she and Crist are well ahead of the state senator. Annette Taddeo in this competition.
The winner would face DeSantis in the November general election.