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Florida Republican House candidate accuses GOP political rivals of conspiring to kill her

The political rival against on whom the injunction was filed says his accuser is "off her rocker."

Updated: June 17, 2021 - 10:26am

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A Florida congressional candidate is alleging three political rivals, one of them a soon-to-be 20202 primary rival, are conspiring to kill her. 

The candidate, Anna Paulina Luna, is running in the state’s 13th Congressional District. She obtained the temporary injunction against one of the three – William Braddock, a St. Petersburg resident who said he plans to register Wednesday with as a Republican candidate for the congressional seat, The Tampa Bay Times reported Monday. 

Luna ran unsuccessfully in 2020 for the seat that covers southern Pinellas County. She obtained the temporary injunction against William Braddock, a St. Petersburg resident who plans to register Wednesday as a Republican candidate for the congressional seat.

A spokesperson for Luna said she has no comment on the matter, citing the ongoing law enforcement investigations, The Times also reports. 

"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," Luna reportedly says in her request for the injunction.

The injunction served Friday to Braddock alleges he and "political opponents" Matt Tito and Amanda Makki know where she lives. It also alleges Braddock is working with the two to "take her out," which she says he clarified to mean he intends to kill her, also according to The Times.

Tito and Makki were named in the injunction but say they have not been served with one. Tito lost a race for the Florida House of Representatives in 2020 and Makki lost to Luna in the 2020 congressional primary.

Braddock says he has has only been around Luna once in person – at a meeting hosted by a local Patriots group. 

"This woman is off her rocker and she does not need to be representing anyone," he reportedly said.

In the petition, Luna refers to case files with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Petersburg Police Department. Neither could not provide documents because the case is still open.