Judge grants another delay in case over alleged threats to Anna Paulina Luna

The new hearing is set for September.
Congressional candidates William Braddock, left, and Anna Paulina Luna.
Congressional candidates William Braddock, left, and Anna Paulina Luna. [ Times ]
Published July 9, 2021|Updated July 9, 2021

A judge on Friday granted congressional candidate William Braddock another extension in the hearing for a stalking injunction filed against him by fellow candidate Anna Paulina Luna.

The new hearing is set for Sept. 14.

Braddock, a candidate for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, was served with two temporary stalking injunctions in early June from political rival Luna and conservative activist Erin Olszewski. The injunctions will remain in full effect ahead of the hearing.

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge Doneene Loar granted another continuance after Luna, Braddock and Olszewski’s attorneys all agreed on an extension. Loar said it would be the final continuance on Braddock’s behalf.

A St. Petersburg Police Department investigation into the reported threats found no probable cause for arrest — but did detail a 30-minute-long phone call recorded by Olszewski in which Braddock appears to be secretly taped saying he has access to a “hit squad” of Ukrainians and Russians.

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The call will not be able to be used in court because it was recorded without Braddock’s knowledge or consent, Pinellas-Pasco Executive Assistant State Attorney Kendall Davidson said earlier.

“If the poll says Luna’s gonna win, she’s gonna be gone, she’s gonna disappear,” Braddock says on the recording. “For the good of our country, we have to sacrifice the few.”

When contacted previously about the video of the call, Braddock said he could not comment on whether it was him because he had not heard it.

When Luna filed the initial injunction, she said she had been contacted with information that Braddock was planning to kill her. She said that, based on the information she received, Braddock had said he was working alongside other political rivals Matt Tito and Amanda Makki. Tito has said he is considering a run for the 13th Congressional District. Makki lost to Luna in the 2020 primary for that seat.

The police report says investigators determined Tito was not conspiring to kill Luna or do physical harm. Makki is mentioned as saying she barely knows Braddock and never heard him make a threat. Both Makki and Tito have said Luna’s inclusion of their name in the injunction was harmful to their reputation and a political play.

Braddock and Luna are both seeking the Republican nomination for the House District 13 seat being vacated by Democrat Charlie Crist, who is running for governor of Florida.