DeSantis names conservative lawmaker Cord Byrd as Florida elections chief

Lawrence Mower, Tampa Bay Times on

Published in Political News

“Florida’s top elections official should be a consensus builder whose sole focus is running free and fair elections for every citizen of our state,” she said. “Cord Byrd is not that person. He is unqualified in both his credentials and his temperament.”

In March, DeSantis appointed Byrd’s wife, Esther, to the State Board of Education, despite her making headlines over a tweet about the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The tweet, which was later taken down, said, “In the coming civil wars (We the People vs the Radical Left and We the People cleaning up the Republican Party), team rosters are being filled. Every elected official in DC will pick one. There are only 2 teams… With Us [or] Against Us,” according to News 4 Jacksonville.

Byrd later called his wife’s tweet “hyperbole” and compared it to comments made by TV personalities on Fox News.

Byrd still faces confirmation by the Florida Senate.


In his new role, Byrd will be overseeing a Department of State that is newly enhanced with a first-of-its-kind elections police force, an idea DeSantis pushed this year to combat election-related fraud.

The legislation created a 15-person Office of Election Crimes and Security to investigate fraud complaints, supplemented by 10 police officers chosen by the governor from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.


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