U.S.Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, on Monday demanded “immediate” creation of a bipartisan group to investigate the “growing voter fraud scandal” surrounding a company hired by the Florida Republican Party. When staffers began to input the data, Bucher said they noticed “discrepancies or questionable signatures that looked similar.” Bucher said she turned over copies of 106 voter registration applications on Sept. 24. Later in the week elections officials in eight other Florida counties reported potential problems with the voter registration applications collected by the same firm, Strategic Allied Consulting. On Monday, Deutch – who represents southwestern Palm Beach County and northern Broward – said Scott needs to act.
Scott’s office did not reply to a request for comment from the Sun Sentinel by the close of business hours Monday. But his former communications director, Brian Burgess, who now works for the state Republican Party, issued a blistering response. “There is only one reason Congressman Deutch would try to gum up an already active criminal investigation being conducted by competent law enforcement agents,” Burgess wrote. “He clearly cares more about trying to score political points rather than quickly and decisively identifying those who are responsible.”