Top staffer for Florida Democratic Rep. Garcia resigns amid voting fraud probe
Published June 02, 2013
FILE: May 31, 2013: Rep Joe Garcia, D-Fla., with Rick Knabb, National Hurricane Center director, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla. (AP)
The top staffer for Florida Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia resigned this weekend after being implicated in a voting-fraud scheme.
Chief of Staff Jeffrey Garcia resigned Friday after taking responsibility for the plot and being asked by the congressman for his resignation.
A "well-intentioned attempt to maximize voter turnout"
- Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla.
The congressman said Saturday he thinks the plot was a "well-intentioned attempt to maximize voter turnout" and that the system is "prone to fraud."
Several hours before the resignation, law-enforcement investigators raided the homes of Giancarlo Sopo, the congressman's communications director, and John Estes, his 2012 campaign manager.
Authorities are investigating a sophisticated scheme to manipulate last year's primary elections by submitting hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests.
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