With growing distrust in American elections among "Right-Wing" groups, the issue is evolving to be more bipartisan. State Rep. Anna Eskamani (D-49) has once again shocked Floridians by accusing Republicans of election fraud ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
While Rep. Eskamani has spent vast amounts of time combatting conservative groups, she is now giving the other side of the aisle a taste of their own medicine. In a newly released video, Eskamani explained to her Twitter followers the usage of "ghost candidates," in Florida elections and how they work:
What I do on the weekends: make videos calling out companies like FPL on their political corruption. Please like & share — not enough people or media outlets talking about this and it impacts our ENTIRE state in multiple ways! 💪 pic.twitter.com/eyCPzdAcui
— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 (@AnnaForFlorida) December 27, 2021
Another group that falls under criticism of the progressive state representative are Florida corporations, to be specific, Florida Power & Light, who the representative described as, "one of the most corrupt companies in the country."
Eskamani gives background that, "in 2020 three mysterious independent candidates qualified at the last minutes in state senate races, races that were going to determine whether the Florida Republican Party would maintain control of the state senate."
Rep. Eskamani described these individuals as, "ghost candidates," who did, "no campaigning on their own, but were promoted by more than half a billion dollars in advertising that was designed to make them look like progressive champions." Eskamani then goes on to label this an "old ploy," by "Republican strategists in Tallahassee" in an effort to "siphon away votes from Democrats in the Senate races."
After three State Senate races were won by Republicans in 2020, Eskamani credits Florida Power & Light as the source of the corruption. Citing an article written by the Orlando Sentinel, Eskamani believes that dark money was used by these fictitious candidates to sway elections in favor of FPL.
Now, the Florida legislature is currently drafting up a bill that Eskamani thinks will vastly benefit FPL and, "kill competition for rooftop solar." Eskamani now demands that, "we can fight back. We can organize together in opposition of FPL's terrible policies and we can demand that our elected officials never take a single penny from companies like FPL."