Florida Dem rep: Scott is 'spinning conspiracy theories'

Florida Dem rep: Scott is 'spinning conspiracy theories'
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Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchHobbled NRA shows strength with Trump House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death House conservatives call for ethics probe into Joaquin Castro tweet MORE (D-Fla.) on Monday said Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is "spinning conspiracy theories" with his remarks accusing Democrats of trying to steal elections in the state.

Deutch, appearing on CNN's "New Day," said there is "no evidence of fraud" in the Senate and gubernatorial elections, despite Scott's accusations that election officials in two counties engaged in fraud.


“We need to count the votes," Deutch said. "We need to make sure that every valid vote is counted, and we need to just follow the law."

"The governor has been able to get away with spinning conspiracy theories, ignoring his own past of trying to manipulate elections," he added. "It’s time he’s held accountable and we stop listening to these crazy conspiracy theories and just make sure that we count all the votes."

Scott's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Recounts are underway in the Senate race between Scott and Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonAl Franken says he 'absolutely' regrets resigning Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 Poll: Six Democrats lead Trump in Florida match-ups MORE (D-Fla.) and in the state's gubernatorial contest between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida first lady to miss Women for Trump event due to planned execution Florida governor orders criminal investigation into handling of Jeffrey Epstein case Groups ask court to block ex-felon voting law in Florida MORE.

Scott last week held a press conference in which he accused "unethical liberals" of attempting to "steal this election." The governor has taken legal action, filing emergency actions in both Broward and Palm Beach counties, where he has alleged fraud.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE, who has also said fraud took place in the elections, called for DeSantis and Scott to be declared the winners of their respective races.

"The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged," Trump tweeted on Monday. "An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!"