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Gov. Rick Scott: No special prosecutor for Miami-Dade absentee-ballot case


Thanks but no thanks, Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office said Thursday in response to a congressional candidate's request that the state appoint a special prosecutor to investigate fraudulent absentee-ballot requests in Miami-Dade County.

Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall mailed the governor a letter Wednesday asking for him to intervene in the ongoing criminal probe, suggesting Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle was taking too long to press charges.

Fernández Rundle replied with a sharp statement warning that the investigation involving Miami Congressman Joe Garcia's former campaign staffers should not be used for "political fodder" by MacDougall, a Republican who plans to run against Garcia next year. Garcia and Fernández Rundle are both Democrats.

"We will not be appointing a special prosecutor," Scott's press secretary, Jackie Schutz, said Thursday in an email to the Miami Herald.

A disappointed MacDougall told the Herald he will continue collecting petition signatures online urging Scott, a fellow Republican, to step in.