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 DeutchOil companies join blitz for carbon tax The Go-Go's rock the stage at annual 'We Write the Songs' DC concert Trump-linked lobbyist holding fundraiser for House Democrat 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 NelsonRepublicans amp up attacks on Tlaib's Holocaust comments The muscle for digital payment Rubio says hackers penetrated Florida elections systems MORE (D-Fla.) and in the state's gubernatorial contest between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisDHS official: Florida one of the 'best' states on election security, despite 2016 Russian hack Florida teacher arrested for loaded gun in backpack told reporter: 'Ask DeSantis' Trump officials not sending migrants to Florida after backlash 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 TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 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!"