We are sensitive to elections violations and gerrymandered outcomes, because Miami is the epicenter for these frauds. So when we learned that a voting error had crowned the wrong contestant at the Miss Florida pageant, our first instinct was to wonder if Katherine Harris, the former Florida secretary of state who helped put George W. Bush into the presidency, had finally found a place to hang her shingle.
"After Elizabeth Fechtel was crowned Miss Florida 2014 on Saturday, sorority sisters gushed on social media. Several news outlets interviewed the Leesburg native. Fechtel called the pageant life-changing, saying she was "privileged and thrilled to have become Miss Florida."Read more
The excitement was short-lived. Late Thursday, pageant officials visited Fechtel to inform her of a massive error: the crown should've gone to the first runner-up instead.
The organization released a press release Friday, saying that a tabulation mistake resulted in the title being awarded to Fechtel instead of runner-up Victoria Cowen.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Fechtel planned to take a year off from her studies at the University of Florida to prepare for the Miss America Pageant. The national pageant will be held in Atlantic City, N.J.
Calls to the pageant's president and executive director Mary E. Sullivan weren't returned as of Friday afternoon."