Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchEthics watchdog finds 'substantial' evidence Rep. Malinowski failed to disclose stocks Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — FDA panel advises Moderna booster shot for high-risk people Congress comes to the aid of Libyan people, passing bill ordering probe into war crimes and torture 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."
Florida Democrat @RepTedDeutch: "There is no fraud... when Rick Scott and Donald Trump and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate GOP campaign arm outraises Democratic counterpart in September House passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure Senators call for answers from US firm over reported use of forced Uyghur labor in China MORE go out and start spinning these conspiracy theories about stealing elections and changing the outcome of elections... they're undermining the public's faith in our Democracy." pic.twitter.com/6zRDeydPmN— New Day (@NewDay) November 12, 2018
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 NelsonNASA adviser quits after request to change name of James Webb telescope denied NASA won't rename James Webb Space Telescope despite controversy FAA unveils new system to reduce planes' times on taxiway MORE (D-Fla.) and in the state's gubernatorial contest between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Judge sides with Tennessee families in mask mandate fight GOP leaders escalate battle against COVID-19 vaccine mandates 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 TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal 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!"