Sources: Volusia County GOP Chairman Tony Ledbetter tossed from at-large council recount for being disruptive

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Volusia County GOP Chair Tony Ledbetter tossed from recount vote / Headline Surfer® Headline Surfer® photo /
Volusia County GOP Party Chairman Tony Ledbetter (in orange shirt) is shown Friday at the recount for the at-large County Council race, hours before he was tossed for complaining about what he perceived as the slow pace of things while paying $300 an hour for an attorney. The race was non-partisan.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Tony Ledbetter, the chairman of the Republican Party of Volusia County, was escorted out of the canvassing board's voter recount in the at-large County Council race late Friday at the historic Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand by a Sheriff's deputy, Headline Surfer® has learned.

Ledbetter, who was there with Webster Barnaby, the candidate who finished third and asked for the recount, became irate about the slow pace of the voting recount process, according to eyewitnesses and was ordered out by Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall.

Volusia County Canvassing Board: Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall, ex-County Chair Frank Bruno & Judge Chris Kelly / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photo /
The Volusia County Canvassing Board is shown in this image from mid-day Friday at the historic Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand. The members of the Canvassing Board are Supervisor of Elections Ann Mc Fall, former Country Chair Frank Bruno and County Judge Christopher Kelly, from left to right, respectively.
 

The internet newspaper confirmed the incident with several witnesses, some who asked not to be identified and others who were willing to have their names used. Among them was Northey.

"It was suggested he should leave when he started to get contentious and combative with the canvassing board," Northey told Headline Surfer®. "He was escorted out by one of the deputies. It was just a temporary ouster. He cooled down and came back later. (He) behaved himself after that."

Northey said McFall called Ledbetter out "when he became demanding about the time. (He) said he was paying an attorney $300 an hour and he was not happy about the slow pace of the recount. (He) started to argue with the board when Ann told him he could leave if he didn't like it."

Northey said McFall called Ledbetter out "when he became demanding about the time. (He) said he was paying an attorney $300 an hour and he was not happy about the slow pace of the recount. (He) started to argue with the board when Ann told him he could leave if he didn't like it."

Jean Jenner, a Democratic Party official, wrote on his Facebook page.

"Was just informed that Volusia County Republican Party Tony Ledbetter was ejected from the Supervisor of Election recount room," "Ann McFall requested a Deputy Sheriff escort him out of the room for being disruptive. Barnaby apologized to Ann McFall for the behavior of the Party Chairman.

Barnaby had sought the recount, having finished 150 votes behind second-place finisher Patricia Northey, the term-limited district 5 County Councilwoman, in Tuesday's primary, won by incumbent Joyce Cusack.

Messages left with Ledbetter have gone unanswered.

 

Editor's Note: Headline Surfer will have more on this developing story.

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.