As Governor Ron DeSantis continues to clean house, people are pushing back against one of the people he recently suspended, Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher.
Bucher’s supporters said DeSantis suspended her “without just cause,” calling his actions politically motivated. So, Democrats are holding a rally Monday afternoon January 21 to fight back against his decision.
However, DeSantis said he had his reasons for getting rid of Bucher. He maintained he did so primarily because of her performance in the recent election. He said she failed to comply with certain state laws and failed to get the recounts done on time.
“I think there were a train of problems,” said Gov. DeSantis at a news conference. “It’s not just, there was a mistake here, a mistake there. It really tarnished the image of the state of Florida. I want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
The Governor replaced Bucher with Wendy Sartory Link, an attorney who plans to serve until 2020, but won’t seek re-election.
“I love being a change agent,” Sartory Link told WPTV on Friday in an exclusive interview. “I love going in and figuring out what’s the best that we can do here, and how can we make what we’re doing here that much better?”
Link said she’s determined to replace voting machines, which malfunctioned during the November recount.
Bucher has not publicly commented on her suspension, but spoke to reporters in November about the controversy surrounding the recount.
“As the supervisor, I take full responsibility, that’s my job,” Bucher said in November. “It’s not for lack of human effort. The human effort was incredible and I thank everyone. But the fact of the matter is when there’s mechanical failures, there’s not much I can do about it.”
Monday’s rally in support of Susan Bucher will take place at 1 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office at 240 S. Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach.