Virginia House of Delegates candidate Shelly Simonds was thrust into the national spotlight twice this week — first for apparently winning a very tight local legislative race by a single vote on Tuesday, and again on Wednesday when a judge threw that victory out over a “questionable” ballot that had both candidates names filled in, resulting in a tie.
In a Thursday appearance on MSNBC with host Ali Velshi, Simonds described the “stunt” that led to her single-vote victory becoming a tie.
After the recount, which Democrats and Republicans alike signed off on, Simonds said her “opponent really pulled a stunt the next day.”
“They came in and said from front of the judges they wanted a re-do on one ballot,” she described. “If we were going to be pulling out individual ballots, you can believe me, we would have had a few we would have wanted the judges to look at as well.”
— Michael Smerconish (@smerconish) December 21, 2017
The deciding ballot, as pictured above, shows both the ovals next to both Simonds and David Yancey, her Republican opponent, filled in. The oval next to Simonds’ name is crossed out, leading the three-judge panel who reviewed it to call it a vote for the Republican incumbent Yancey.
“It was really very unfair that the judges looked at one ballot that my opponents’ team had pulled out,” Simonds said.
Watch Simonds discuss her “rollercoaster” week below, via MSNBC.
Trump Twitter-rages at ‘evil propaganda machine’ New York Times
President Donald Trump kicked off his Sunday morning by going on a multi-tweet rant about the New York Times where he blamed them for his poor poll numbers and called them "an evil propaganda machine.'
Trump began with, "The Failing New York Times, in one of the most devastating portrayals of bad journalism in history, got caught by a leaker that they are shifting from their Phony Russian Collusion Narrative (the Mueller Report & his testimony were a total disaster), to a Racism Witch Hunt....., " before adding, "'Journalism' has reached a new low in the history of our Country. It is nothing more than an evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party. The reporting is so false, biased and evil that it has now become a very sick joke...But the public is aware! #CROOKEDJOURNALISM."
Trump suggests hitting France with 100 percent tariff on wine over dispute with Macron
According to a report from Bloomberg, President Donald Trump publicly suggested that he would consider a 100 percent tariff on wines coming from France.
The report states that the president recently made the suggestion as part of his trade war that has crippled American manufacturers and farmers while at the same time hitting American consumers' wallets.
Trump's comments came during a recent Long Island fundraiser and were tied to his unhappiness with President Emmanuel Macron and his tax on multinational technology companies.
Gun found in FedEx package sent from US to China
Chinese authorities have found at least one firearm in a FedEx package sent from the US, local police said Sunday, in the latest incident to befall the logistics firm in China.
Police in Fuzhou, eastern Fujian province, said "in recent days" they had received a tip about a package sent to a Fujian-based sporting goods company.
The parcel was sent by a US client and contained at least one firearm, said Jin'an district police through their official Twitter-like Weibo account.
The firearm has been seized and officers are investigating, they added, without specifying the number of weapons in the package.