Hours after her office arrested Deisy Cabrera, a suspected Hialeah absentee-ballot broker Thursday morning, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle announced she will recuse herself from any further involvement in the case.
Fernández Rundle, who is seeking reelection, said she wants to avoid a potential conflict of interest because an unnamed person may be connected to her campaign and to Cabrera.
With the state attorney stepping aside, it will fall to Gov. Rick Scott to appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case going forward. Scott spokesman Brian Burgess said the governor will review Fernández Rundle's request on Friday and make a decision.
Fernández Rundle had come under pressure from her Democratic primary opponent, defense attorney Rod Vereen, for remaining on the case because her longtime campaign consultant, Al Lorenzo, also works on Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez's reelection bid. Gimenez has denied any connection to Cabrera, the ballot broker, but she is said to support him.
Read Fernández Rundle's statement after the jump.