VIERA, Florida -- When asked for a comment regarding the recent request by Brevard County Clerk of Courts Mitch Needelman's Chief Deputy Sean Campbell for a hand recount after the Brevard County Primary Election Result Certification, former Brevard County Clerk of Court and current Clerk of Court--Elect Scott Ellis said, "They lost every precinct, the only comment I can think of is they must also be losing their minds."
Ellis beat Needelman by a margin of 60.75% to 39.24% in the Brevard County Clerk of Court Republican Primary.
Under Florida Election Laws, campaigns have the right to request a sample hand recount regardless of margin to ensure that the electronic tally is consistent with the physical ballots.
Brevard Times inquired, after business hours, to Sean Campbell for the reasoning behind the recount, but as of the publishing of this article, a response has not been forthcoming.
Coincidentally, around 1 p.m. today, Mr. Campbell's staff sent the following email to Brevard Times regarding an inquiry made back in March 2012:
"On March 21st, Chief Deputy Clerk Sean Campbell responded to your request regarding anticipated layoffs at the Brevard County Clerk of Courts due to State budget cuts. At the time of Mr. Campbell’s reply, the Clerk was still evaluating options and considering the impact of certain variables.
Upon further review, the Clerk does not anticipate any layoffs through the end of his term in 2012."