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 DeutchBipartisan lawmakers introduce amendment affirming US commitment to military aid to Israel Ethics sends memo to lawmakers on SCIF etiquette Pelosi signs bill making animal cruelty a federal crime 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 NelsonBottom Line Bottom Line Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity MORE (D-Fla.) and in the state's gubernatorial contest between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisPoll: 51 percent of Florida voters disapprove of Trump States brace for massive voter turnout in 2020 When it comes to health care reform, look to the states, not the federal government  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 TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments 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!"