Republican Fla congressional candidate accuses GOP rival of plotting to ‘murder’ her

In the context of going to court to obtain a temporary stalking injunction, Florida congressional candidate Anna Paulina Luna claims that a GOP rival wants to kill her in what perhaps gives an alternative, and far more disturbing, meaning to a political hit job.

In court papers, the pro-Trump, Republican U.S. Air Force veteran wrote that “I received information yesterday (at midnight) regarding a plan (with a timeline) to murder me made by William Braddock in an effort to prevent me from winning the election for FL-13,” the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Two other political opponents, along with Braddock, are also allegedly in on the plan to “take her out,” but they reportedly have not been served with any legal papers as yet.

Braddock told the news outlet that Luna “is off her rocker and she does not need to be representing anyone.” He added that he doesn’t even have her phone number and only briefly met Luna once. He also claimed that he didn’t do anything wrong and that Luna could wind up in jail for filing a false police report.

Braddock and Luna are due in court on June 22 for a hearing on whether the granted temporary injunction should be extended. In general, the petitioner has to meet a higher burden of proof when asking a court to make an injunction or a restraining order take effect for a longer period of time.

According to a spokesperson for the latter, “Ms. Luna has no comment at this time due to multiple ongoing law enforcement investigations of this matter. Those investigations are based upon Mr. Braddock’s own threats and actions, and we are confident the facts will be public at the appropriate time.”

Braddock is entering the Republican primary for Florida’s 13th congressional district in the St. Petersburg area. Incumbent Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat Charlie Crist is vacating the seat to run for governor, an office he once held.  Democrat Rep. Crist defeated Anna Paulina Luna by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent in Election 2020, and she is running again in FL-13. President Trump endorsed her candidacy in 2020.

The GOP primary is more than a year down the road but, obviously, things are heating up for a seat that could be a Republican pickup and that could enable the party to recapture control of the U.S. House, which is narrowly, but effectively, under Democrat control.

“The injunction prohibits Braddock from going to Conservative Grounds, a coffee shop in Largo that often hosts conservative groups, or to any event where Luna — who described herself as a conservative activist who travels for work — is speaking,” the Times added.

“I feel and fear that this is an orchestrated attempt on my life being organized and carried out by William Braddock and he claims he is working together with Ms. Makki and Mr. Tito,” Luna’s court petition alleges, mentioning the two other GOP political rivals, Matt Tito and Amanda Makki, who may or may not enter the primary, too.

Both of them have also insisted that there is no merit to Luna’s allegations. Makki referred to the petition as “nonsense.” Tito, among other things, has called upon Luna to drop out of the race entirely because she is unfit for political office, and he noted that he is considering pursuing a defamation claim against Luna because his name came up in her injunction petition.

Robert Jonathan

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