Gun-Toting Florida GOP Congressional Candidate “In Fear For My Life”
Even though she had Donald Trump’s “complete and total endorsement,” Republican Anna Paulina Luna lost bigly in her 2020 campaign to unseat Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist in Florida’s 13th congressional district. In her concession speech in that race she promised supporters that she wasn’t “going anywhere.”
The gun-toting Luna last month again declared her candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2022 election, but claiming to fear for her life has obtained a temporary restraining order from a Florida court against one of her primary opponents. According to Luna’s petition 37-year-old William Braddock, who filed paperwork yesterday to initiate his campaign for the seat, is plotting with two other Florida Republicans to have her killed.
“I do not feel safe and am currently in fear for my life,” Luna wrote in the petition for the injunction, a copy of which was obtained by Florida Politics. She claims that Braddock is in cahoots with two other former GOP congressional candidates, Amanda Makki, who lost last year’s primary to Luna, and Matt Tito.
“I feel and fear this is an orchestrated attempt on my life being organized and carried out by William Braddock,” the petition states. “He is working alongside Makki and Tito to ‘take me out,’ he verbally clarified that means he intends to kill me.”
Luna claims Braddock sought interaction with her twice, once in coordination with Tito, and sought out her husband.
The injunction bans Braddock from Conservative Grounds, a Largo coffee shop known for its political gatherings, or any place where Luna is speaking. If the injunction remains in place it’s not clear how the Republican candidates for Crist’s seat might stage a debate.
Braddock and Makki both say that Luna is delusional.
“If Luna can’t handle running against another candidate, then she doesn’t have the temperament to be in politics. I really think that she’s exhibiting behavior that I would say is concerning,” Makki said.
Braddock was far less diplomatic in his assessment of his opponent. “This woman is off her rocker and she does not need to be representing anyone,” Braddock said.