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Hearing delayed in death-threat allegations made by Ana Paulina Luna

On a secretly recorded call, Braddock claimed he has Russian and Ukranian hitmen who could “get rid of” Luna, court documents allege.
William Braddock won a delay Tuesday in a hearing involving allegations that he made threats against a fellow candidate for Congress.
William Braddock won a delay Tuesday in a hearing involving allegations that he made threats against a fellow candidate for Congress. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Jun. 22
Updated Jun. 22

CLEARWATER — Congressional candidate William Braddock was granted an extension Tuesday to review evidence cited in an injunction petition filed against him by political foe Anna Paulina Luna.

Braddock’s request for the extension came after the consolidation of two hearings on separate allegations that he made death threats, one by Luna and one by nurse and author Erin Olszewski.

A new hearing is set for July 9.

Anna Paulina Luna attends a hearing via Zoom on Tuesday in her request for an injunction against a political foe.
Anna Paulina Luna attends a hearing via Zoom on Tuesday in her request for an injunction against a political foe. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]

Braddock and Luna are seeking the Republican nomination for the House District 13 seat being vacated by Democrat Charlie Crist, who is running for governor of Florida. Luna and Olszewski obtained temporary injunctions earlier and are seeking to make them permanent.

The temporary injunctions remain in effect.

On a call secretly recorded by Olszewski, she said, Braddock claimed he has Russian and Ukranian hitmen who could “get rid of” Luna if polling before the election shows her to be in the lead.

Braddock declined to comment after the hearing.

Amanda Makki, another potential candidate in the race who Luna accuses of conspiring with Braddock, attended the hearing and spoke to reporters outside the courthouse.

“I’m still shocked,” Makki said.

Makki lost to Luna in the 2020 Republican primary for the seat Crist won.

Erin Olszewski attends a hearing via Zoom on Tuesday in her request for an injunction against a political foe.
Erin Olszewski attends a hearing via Zoom on Tuesday in her request for an injunction against a political foe. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]