Amidst the ongoing battle in the state of Florida to find a common sense solution to prevent further tragedies like the Parkland shooting from happening, somehow the Russian collusion narrative is still on the table for discussion. Gwen Graham, running on the Democratic party ticket in the August primary for Florida Governor, called out Florida Governor Rick Scott to act on recent reports that Russians hacked and tampered with the state’s election infrastructure.
In a statement released from her campaign, she explains that “This is not a partisan issue. Faith in our government depends on confidence that our elections are not influenced by any foreign power.”
Graham then comments that “Governor Rick Scott cannot sit idly by and continue passing the buck to Trump. We can not rely on this president to protect America and our next election from foreign interference. Scott must immediately direct the Florida Department of State to protect our vote in 2018 to prevent the Russians from tampering with our state elections.”
Governor Scott responded late yesterday explaining that his proposed 2018-2019 budget includes 5 openings and 2.5 million to strengthen cyber security at the Department of State’s Division of Election’s level. He explained that it’s been on his radar since an early report was released in September about possible tampering.
The Russian collusion narrative took a turn the other day when it was revealed that Russians in fact were aiming to help Senator Bernie Sanders, but no follow up has come from that.