As Florida Governor Rick Scott has called on every available resource in his state to help with Hurricane Matthew, Clinton campaign lawyers are apparently already bombarding him with requests to extend the voter registration deadline of October 11. So, just to be clear, traveling to Louisiana weeks after flooding there would have negatively impacted recovery efforts, even though local politicians supported visits, but lobbying for voter registration extensions while a hurricane is actually in progress is ok?
But, according to the Washington Examiner, Scott has denied the request saying “I’m not going to extend it…everybody has had a lot of time to register.” A Scott spokeswoman added that “for any political party to ask this in the middle of a storm is political.”
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that the state would not extend its Oct. 11 voter-registration deadline in response to Hurricane Matthew, throwing cold water on a request from the Clinton campaign.
“I’m not going to extend it,” the governor told reporters Thursday. “Everybody has had a lot of time to register. On top of that, we have lots of opportunities to vote: early voting, absentee voting, Election Day. So I don’t intend to make any changes.”
“For any political party to ask this in the middle of a storm is political,” Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said Thursday. “Our No. 1 focus is protecting life. There’ll be another day for politics.”
That said, we’re sure the George Soros legal armies are amassing in Florida and getting ready to launch an all out offensive on this obvious attempt at suppressing minority and low-income votes. In fact, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook is already laying the media groundwork saying that people will need more time to register because of the storm and they “expect that the governor and local officials will make that possible.”
Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, said Thursday that they hoped election officials in the Sunshine State would consider making accommodations for voters affected by Hurricane Matthew.
“The one thing that we are hoping and expecting is that officials in Florida will adapt deadline to account for the storm,” Robby Mook told reporters.
“The voter registration deadline in Florida is Oct. 11 and then our hope would be that a little bit more time would be given for people who were expecting to be able to get registered before the election and we certainly expect that the governor and local officials will make that possible,” he said.
The extension requests come just one day after Clinton’s team created controversy by buying $63,000 of ads on the Weather Channel in Florida to run during the hurricane. The ads were scheduled to play from Thursday through Tuesday in an obvious attempt to exploit the storm for political gain. The plan, however, backfired for the Clinton camp, and after public outcry Clinton decided to suspend the buy.
In addition to the public outcry, the exploitation of the storm drew some criticism from the Trump team with Trump Jr. calling the move “disgusting.”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 6, 2016
Of course, RNC chairman Reince Priebus also chimed in calling the whole situation “shameful.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus accused the Clinton campaign Thursday of trying to cash in on the weather event, and he suggested the Democratic nominee was putting her interests before the needs of the people of Florida.
“Couldn’t let this crisis go to waste? Shameful [Hillary Clinton’s] campaign even considered exploiting Hurricane Matthew for political gain,” the RNC chair said Thursday on social media.
“Pulling these ads after getting caught won’t cut it. [Hillary Clinton] should apologize for using storm for votes,” he said. “The people in [the] path of #HurricaneMatthew need our prayers, support, and charity.”
Everyone ready for some Florida “voter suppression” lawsuits?