From the desk of John Lopez: As a warning to anyone else thinking of this reckless course to intimidate, minor candidate in FL-13 takes his gaslighting too far and threatens life of 2020 Republican nominee, an ally of Catalina Lauf, in now open congressional seat, prompting her to seek protection and having it granted from law enforcement
On Thursday, the astonishing story out of the Tampa-St. Petersburg area hit mainstream print media concerning a minor Republican candidate in the FL-13 Congressional District being recorded planning a “hit” to “take out” 2020 Republican nominee Anna Paulina Luna, who was planning to seek election in 2022 for the now open seat held by 3-term Democrat Charlie Crist, who’s running for governor.
Here is POLITICO‘s online exclusive cover, and you can read the details in the links at the end of this article:
There are very disturbing similarities between FL-13 and IL-16, starting with gaslighting, which minor candidate Jack Lombardi has been doing since launching his campaign and seeing Catalina Lauf’s candidacy flourishing bringing in significant campaign contributions and seeing her grow her Twitter following from 63K to 144K.
Thursday morning, I did something in Twitter I rarely do, post a Twitter thread, which is transcribed below for ease of reading:
“All right Gaslighting Jack Lombardi look what happens when gaslighting goes too far. In FL-13, minor candidate plots demise of Anna Paulina Luna an ally of IL-16 Catalina Lauf who recently interviewed Lauf.
“I see your comments on blog & Twitter. Tone it down!
“Jack Lombardi, on McHenry County Blog comment: ‘Honestly, regardless of my views of Catalina lacking life experiences needed to be a successful REPRESENTATIVE, I’ve decided to leave her alone – until now.’ with your continued gaslighting that because of my writing, you’re now taking stronger methods attacking Catalina Lauf. Your gaslighting will not work, and I do plan to continue writing the truth about you for IL-16 to see.
“Focus on your campaign/message, & on FEC fundraising and prove your support not astroturf as I’ve long suspected.
“Jack Lombardi, I don’t think you’ll try anything foolish like the character in FL-13 against Lauf ally Luna.
“Don’t prove me wrong there.
“But please prove me wrong and turn in > $100K FEC Q2 next month.
“Then IL-16 will know you’re for real.
“Don’t talk; do.”John Lopez Twitter thread, 6/17/21
I stand by what I said, and it’s not lost upon me the target in FL-13 happens to be an Hispanic woman.
The disturbed 37 year old candidate named William Braddock, who filed his FEC paperwork on Monday, appears to have taken his own gaslighting and made it a threat in a phone conversation with a Florida-based author, who recorded the conversation and shared it with law enforcement and with Luna and her husband.
Last Friday, this tweet with a dated picture of Luna and her husband, Andy Gamerzky when both were serving in the United States Air Force, with a Scripture verse, turned out to be a first public hint something was amiss:
The connection between Lauf and Luna has been documented on McHenry County Blog going back over a year and a half. The now 32 year old Luna was an informal running mate with Lauf and 3 other conservative women in a “Stop the Squad” slate of candidates, per this 12/11/19 article.
Of the 5 candidate slate, 2 won their respective primaries, with Luna winning an impressive victory in FL-13 over establishment favorite, former U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski aide Amanda Makki and 2018 nominee George Buck in the Florida congressional primary in August of last year.
Last December, both Lauf and Luna, along with Marjorie Taylor Greene, Madison Cawthorn and many other conservatives participated in the Club for Growth’s Action super PAC “Save America Tour” campaigning for the elections of the Republican U.S. Senate ticket for the January 5 runoff, with both Lauf and Luna participating for about a week campaigning across Georgia.
Additionally, Lauf’s Defense of Freedom PAC contributed to Luna’s General Election campaign, as well as both Republican U.S. Senate campaigns in the Georgia runoffs late last year.
But more recently, Luna, who earlier this year began working as the vice president and chief correspondent for El American, interviewed Catalina Lauf about the 2022 campaign, just over 2 weeks ago (the interview was conducted through Instagram TV, and links through Facebook problematic, but Instagram users should be able to find it).
Last night, Luna, after the story broke nationally, issued the following:
“Thank you all for your kind words & support.
“My family & I are grateful to all of you & those working on this case.
“Due to the multiple ongoing law enforcement investigations, I will not be commenting at this time.
“I am confident that the facts will be public at the appropriate time.”Anna Paulina Luna, via Twitter, 6/17/21 evening
So, what’s Jack Lombardi’s latest gaslighting since I took up his challenge to talk about Lauf’s proven leadership?
This tweet from early Tuesday morning, alleging conversations with “Catalina Lauf’s home turf”, certain, unnamed McHenry County Republicans allegedly urging Lombardi to run against Lauf when congressional redistricting, as many expect, eliminates the current IL-16.
Late Tuesday night, I responded to Lombardi’s tweet with the following:
“Cut your gaslighting Jack Lombardi you’re just embarrassing yourself again.
“No McHenry County Republicans, at least ones who carry any real weight, are talking to you.
“Better back up your talk w/ dollars on your FEC Q2 in a month.
“Your talk’s cheap & IL-16 knows it.John Lopez, 6/15/21 tweet
While I’m not naive to know there are people, including Republicans, who do not want Lauf to win a congressional primary, let alone a seat in Congress for a variety of understandable reasons, those who’ve participated in politics (and I’ve been involved in Illinois politics for over 25 years) will know an unproven Lombardi with no history helping the Republican Party will be the last person sought to challenge Lauf.
No, I expect the likes of Jim Oberweis (even at 75), Ted Gradel and Sue Rezin and other proven fundraisers/candidates/elected officials will get the calls long before anyone would settle on Lombardi, or someone else of his weak standing.
But I will be continuing the proven leadership challenge Lombardi challenged me, because as I said to Lombardi in a tweet reply, when someone picks a fight with me like he did, I finish the fight, and I set the time and the place.
As far as life experiences, yes, I’ll be talking about those too, both Lauf’s, and Lombardi’s, and unlike Lombardi and his usual gaslighting tactic of alleged conversations with unnamed sources or name dropping, I’ll use the best source of all, Lombardi’s own words.
Lost amid the story, Anna Paulina Luna’s formal campaign launch for 2022 on Monday, including 1 minute intro video: