Florida An auto parts seller with the same surname is said to have been paid to run for election. He boasted that he had stolen enough votes from the democratic candidate. The latter had only 32 fewer than the Republican winner.
A former Republican Senator has been officially accused of introducing a bogus Senate election candidate in Florida, thereby stealing important votes from the Democratic candidate. Frank Artiles is accused of paying auto parts dealer Alex Pedro Rodriguez around $ 45,000 to run as an independent candidate for the November 2020 election.
The auto parts salesman Rodriguez ran against the then Democratic Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez. The fact that both men have the same surname was apparently enough to confuse numerous voters and have them put their cross in the wrong place: Democrat Rodriguez lost 32 votes to his Republican opponent Ileana Garcia.
The case came to light after the auto parts salesman Rodriguez refused to speak to journalists about his campaign. According to a report in the Politico newspaper, his name also appeared on a list of independent candidates who did not appear to be actively campaigning, but were promoted on topics of particular interest to Democratic voters.
As the “Miami Herald” reported, Artiles betrayed himself by bragging about his success in public and wanted to reap the credit for Garcia’s victory. “That was me, that was all me,” he said according to the newspaper. The former politician is now accused, among other things, of violating the regulations on campaign financing. He faces up to five years in prison.