The man who Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appointed in June of this year to be the Director of the Office of Election Crimes and Security, unexpectedly passed away as a result of a heart attack, according to news reports.
Peter Antonacci, who had served several previous Republican administrations, including advising former Florida Governor Rick Scott and serving as the Deputy Attorney General, had a long history of public service. Most Gateway Pundit readers likely first remember hearing of Antonacci when he was appointed to replace corrupt Democrat Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, after she tried to steal the gubernatorial election for Democrat nominee Andrew Gillum during a state mandated recount during the 2018 elections.
This GP journalist was on the ground during the 2018 recount where unsealed ballot drops, late night ballot deliveries, and a refusal to admit non-mainstream media journalists into Snipes’ Supervisor of Elections office created a national firestorm.
Snipes’ years long mishandling of elections and history of rigging the outcomes even garnered the attention of congressional candidate Tim Canova, who challenged progressive Congresswoman and former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz several times, including in 2018, which TGP reported on.
.@FLGovScott just fired Brenda Snipes, Broward Supervisor of Elections. We call on her replacement Pete Antonacci to fire Snipes’ entire staff & clean up the corruption in Broward SOE. This should be followed up by state & federal criminal investigations! https://t.co/9cFrOqRTXE
— Tim Canova (@Tim_Canova) November 30, 2018
After his appointment as Broward Supervisor of Elections, Antonacci ran several clean elections in Broward County, which hadn’t seen an honest vote count in decades. Years later, Mr. Antonacci was tapped by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to be the Director of the Office of Election Crimes and Security, a newly created post that was funded with over $1million from the state legislature to combat election and voter fraud in the state of Florida.
DeSantis’ bold move to address the lack of integrity in our elections has already resulted in dozens of arrests under Antonacci’s lead.
Before his passing, longtime Trump advisor and confidante Roger Stone wrote several op-eds detailing the issues that should draw the attention of Antonacci’s office, highlighting the problems with voter registration and the Department of Motor Vehicles and mail in ballots.
In an interview following Stone and others addressing the problems that still exist with voter registration at the DMV and mail-in-ballots in Florida, Antonacci gave an interview to independent journalist and anti-lockdown activist Chris Nelson, which is believed to be his last on camera interview before his passing.
Nelson runs his own blog, Free Florida, which you can support here.
This interview was just over a month after Antonacci’s investigative team turned over evidence that lead to the arrest of 20 individuals in Florida connected to voter fraud. DeSantis’ smart choice to create an office of Election Crimes and Security was already bearing fruit heading into the 2022 mid-term general elections and Antonacci likely had dozens more investigations in progress currently.
Mr. Antonacci also told Nelson that the voter registration issues that he asked him about were “much bigger” issues.
“We have vulnerabilities in the system,” Antonacci confided to Nelson, before addressing how he was helping Governor DeSantis fix these issues.
“I did not know the first time I met Pete that it would be the last. He was the best interview I ever had. I asked a few questions and Pete just started going.
I had asked the Governor about mail in ballots. He told me I was barking up the wrong tree. He said the voter registration system in Florida is completely insecure and done on the honor system. That means ineligible voters could be voting all over the state,” Nelson confided to this GP journalist.
Registered Florida voters, or anyone with information about fraud occurring within the state of Florida, can submit a tip at this link.
It is unclear how the Office of Election Crimes and Security will handle Antonacci’s current investigations, but several sources have confirmed to this GP journalist that Governor Ron DeSantis remains “100%” committed to supporting current and future investigations, wanting to see briefings or progress reports on a “regular basis.”