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David vs. Goliath in South Florida, Round 2

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Tim announcing his candidacy for Congress as an independent on April 2, 2018, outside the offices of the Broward County Supervisor of Elections.
Tim announcing his candidacy for Congress as an independent on April 2, 2018, outside the offices of the Broward County Supervisor of Elections.
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JB: So, at least in Broward County, the system is rotten to the core. All the players are dirty. How do you effect a 'work-around'? With a broken election system, how does an honest, popular candidate have a chance?

TC: After state and local Democratic Party officials refused to push for an investigation of the illegal destruction of the ballots cast in my 2016 primary, I decided to run this time as an independent, and I'm now on the ballot for November as a No Party Affiliation (NPA) candidate. A team of the nation's top election experts and election recount lawyers have descended upon Broward County to prepare to audit and monitor our midterm election, and to sue to challenge the election results whether or not there are any overt indications of rigging, since a vote counting process that cannot be observed has no credibility.

JB: So how are you going to defeat DWS this November?

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TC: We have been building a grassroots movement over the past three years here in South Florida. Even though I was not on the primary ballot, we canvassed at the recent early voting and primary day voting sites in August. It was a great opportunity to engage with voters, Democrats and Republicans alike. I'm in a three-way race against Wasserman Schultz and a Republican candidate in a gerrymandered district with less than 25 percent Republican registration. Wasserman Schultz votes in Congress for a Wall Street agenda because she's taken so much corporate money. The Republican candidate supports the same Wall Street agenda because of his ideological commitments to a mythical free market. I'm the only one in the race who takes no corporate money, stands up to predatory corporate interests, and embraces a New Deal progressive agenda. Although we are being outraised by Wasserman Schultz, we have the issues and the people and volunteer energy on our side.

JB: What about the press? Did they give good coverage to your earlier race and the subsequent debacle in Snipes's office? Are they covering you now? It should be an enticing David and Goliath story. That's always a good read.

TC: We got a lot of earned media in 2016, but since winning our ballot destruction case, we have been subject to a mainstream corporate media blackout and social media throttling and shadow banning. In both campaigns, the mainstream press has been obviously biased for Wasserman Schultz. But it's even worse this time. Questioning the integrity of elections at a time when our elections have no integrity is touching a third rail and no doubt got me blacklisted, making it more difficult to go viral and raise money online in small donations. Apparently, telling the truth is a treasonous act in an empire of lies.

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JB: This is a disturbing phenomenon that I've noticed since my tenure began as Election Integrity Editor at OpEdNews way back in December, 2005. It is, indeed, THE third rail. What haven't we covered yet that you'd like to talk about?

TC: For elections to have integrity, the candidates should be willing to participate in public debates and other candidates' forums. I recently sent a letter to all of my opponents in this election proposing two public forums. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has characteristically gone silent. She will likely try to dodge debates yet again.

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JB: That's a positive sign. What's to keep Snipes from doing what she's done before?

TC: Hopefully, Snipes and her private software vendors will be deterred from trying to rig and destroy ballot evidence again by the the threat of immediate lawsuits and the knowledge that we've been calling for criminal investigations and arrests. There are now a lot of eyes on Snipes and her software vendors.

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If this can happen in Broward County, it can happen almost anywhere in the country. And if we don't clean up this corruption in Broward now, then the establishment could well rig Florida against Bernie Sanders or any other outsider or anti-establishment candidate in the 2020 presidential election.

JB: Speaking of 'outsiders', what's next for you?

TC: I've been in hot pursuit of Wasserman Schultz and her corrupt machine for the past 34 months. Win, lose or stolen, whatever the outcome, I'm looking forward to either serving in Congress, setting up a legislative office and representing the people of my district, or returning to my position as a tenured law professor and carrying on my political activism from the ivory tower, public forums and the streets.

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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