Consultant in Miami-Dade ballot scheme made web videos for Murphyby George Bennett | June 4th, 2013
A congressional aide implicated in an absentee ballot scheme in Miami-Dade County while working on a Democratic campaign there also had “a very limited role” producing web videos for Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy’s 2012 campaign.
Murphy was “dismayed” by the news about consultant Jeffrey Garcia, whom the Murphy campaign characterized as a minor player who had no involvement in absentee ballots or get-out-the-vote efforts during Murphy’s 2012 victory over former Republican Rep. Allen West.
Jeffrey Garcia resigned Friday as chief of staff to Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Miami. The Miami Herald reported that Jeffrey Garcia, who is not related to Rep. Garcia, took responsibility for a plot to submit hundreds of fraudulent requests for absentee ballots during the 2012 primary when he was a top adviser to Joe Garcia’s campaign.
Jeffrey Garcia runs Palm Media LLC, which according to Federal Election Committee reports was paid $24,000 by Murphy’s campaign from April 2011 to April 2012 to produce web videos.
“Congressman Murphy was dismayed to hear today of the of the wrong doing involving Mr. Jeff Garcia. The integrity of the electoral process is vital to our political system,” said a Murphy campaign statement over the weekend. “Mr. Garcia’s media company had a very limited role in the campaign which included producing some web videos. He was not one of the campaign’s primary consultants and had no involvement in the campaign’s field program, absentee program or outreach to voters.”