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.
Bill Barr slammed by ex-FBI official for ignoring the right-wing ‘Boogaloo Bois’ infiltrating protests
Attorney General Bill Barr was slammed by the former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday for misleading Americans about the source of violence at the protests over the killing of George Floyd while in police custody.
"There's evidence developing, Brian, that the organization we're seeing of the most violent protesters is coming from a couple of disturbing places," both, by the way, there's disparate in terms in being from the right or the left. here's what those who monitor these groups and sites are seeing.
"We're seeing a far-right group, one group for example known as the Boogaloo Bois, who on their private Facebook page and social media outlets are calling for violence, calling for people to show up," Frank Figliuzzi told MSNBC's Brian Williams.
Trump is the ‘greatest troll in the history of the internet’ and Twitter needs to ‘pull the plug’: NYT columnist
President Donald Trump would face an existential crisis if Twitter were to enforce it's own rules and hold him accountable -- and one New York Times columnist wants to see it happen.
"C’mon, @Jack. You can do it," Maureen Dowd wrote, referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey with his username on the platform.
She urged Dorsey to "just pull the plug on him."
"You could answer the existential question of whether @realDonaldTrump even exists if he doesn’t exist on Twitter. I tweet, therefore I am. Dorsey meets Descartes," she explained. "All it would take is one sweet click to force the greatest troll in the history of the internet to meet his maker."
Justice Roberts took ‘clear swipe’ at Kavanaugh in opinion siding with liberals in religion case: report
On Friday night, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom, holding that California Gov. Gavin Newsom's restrictions on church gatherings are not a violation of religious liberty. Chief Justice John Roberts crossed over to join with the liberals for a 5-4 split.
But the ruling was dramatic in a key way. As court watcher Mark Joseph Stern wrote for Slate, Justice Brett Kavanaugh "falsely accused the state of religious discrimination in an extremely misleading opinion that omits the most important facts of the case" in his dissent — and was so dishonest that Roberts went out of his way to rebuke him in the Court opinion.