Blogger challenging Nick Duran wants her online handle on the ballot – Florida Politics (blog)
Democrat Nick Duran is facing a primary challenger, Nancy Lee, in his re-election bid for House District 112, but that name is merely a front for her true identity: “GENIUS OF DESPAIR.”
In a letter sent to the Florida Division of Elections late last month Lee, who also ran for HD 112 in 2016, requested that her blogging handle be added as her official nickname in the state’s database of candidates. And consistent with all true geniuses, especially those on the internet, Lee made sure her request was in all caps.
“I HAVE BEEN USING THE NAME GENIUSOFDESPAIR ON MY BLOG EYEONMIAMI.BLOGSPOT.COM FOR AT LEAST 11 YEARS. 16,215 PEOPLE HAVE VIEWED BY PROFILE AND SEVEN AND ONE HALF PEOPLE HAVE LOOKED AT OUR BLOG WITH MY NAME BEING GENIUSOFDESPAIR/NANCY LEE. SO I REQUEST THAT “GENIUS OF DESPAIR” BE INCLUDED AS MY NICKNAME WHEN RUNNING FOR STATE REP. DISTRICT 112. (SEE A AND B) ATTACHED,” Lee wrote.
The affidavit was signed and notarized on Nov. 21, marked received by the Division of Elections on Nov. 28, and includes a couple pieces of evidence. Namely, a printout of her profile page showing the previously mentioned 16,215 views.
Notable by its absence, however, was any evidence showing seven and one half people had looked at “GENIUSOFDESPAIR/NANCY LEE.” It remains unclear how Lee would know a half person had viewed the web page.
Lee’s candidacy was acknowledged by the Division of Elections on Dec. 5, but as of Friday her name in the database is still just Nancy Lee, which seems somewhat unfair considering Republican candidate Rosa Maria Palomino got away with getting her nickname – the much less intimidating “Rosy” – put in the database.
Despite name recognition from somewhere between 7.5 and