Susan Bucher resigns, believes she won't get fair hearing before 'a very partisan Senate'

Susan Bucher resigns, believes she won't get fair hearing before 'a very partisan Senate' (WPEC)

It’s possible we may have heard the last of Palm Beach County’s Supervisor of Elections.

Susan Bucher, the county’s election chief for the past decade, is stepping down.

She was suspended by the governor earlier this month and Monday night announced she is resigning.

The announcement comes as a bit of a surprise, because it just a week ago that Bucher vowed to fight the governor’s decision to suspend her.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended her January 18, after she failed to meet deadlines for recounts in the November election.

A move that Bucher said she did not deserve.

“I’ve done nothing but to do my job, certainly nothing that reaches the level to be removed from office,” Bucher told a crowd outside the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office near West Palm Beach on Military Trail on Jan. 21.

“Are you ready to fight with me? I ’m ready to fight about it! I believe the will of the people and we just can’t stand by and let this happen. I’ve served you honestly and with integrity for more than 18 years and I’m not ready to give up now!” she said.

In her resignation statement Monday, Bucher said she has consulted with an attorney.

And the only way for her to challenge her suspension is to go before the Florida Senate - where she feels her chances of succeeding are poor.

Her statement says she does not, “believe I can receive a fair hearing before a very partisan Senate.”

We went to Bucher’s home Monday night, but her husband came to the door and said she had no comment. Bucher also served previously as a state lawmaker from Palm Beach County.

Her replacement, Wendy Sartory Link, the newly appointed supervisor of elections, has said she will stay for the remaining two years of her term.

Read Bucher's full resignation here.

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