GOP candidate backed by Gaetz accuses rivals of plot to assassinate her


A Florida gun-toting GOP candidate backed by embattled Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz has filed a stalking injunction accusing her political opponents of trying to assassinate her.  

Anna Paulina Luna – who’s again running to try and take Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist’s seat – pointed a finger at primary opponent William Braddock, 2020 primary rival Amanda Makki and Matt Tito, who’s thinking about jumping in the 2022 Congressional race. 

‘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 wrote in the petition, the Tampa Bay Times reported Monday, adding that Braddock is working alongside Tito and Makki to ‘take her out.’ 

Anna Paulina Luna, who is again running for the House seat in Florida's 13th district, has accused three Republican political rivals of trying to murder her

Anna Paulina Luna, who is again running for the House seat in Florida’s 13th district, has accused three Republican political rivals of trying to murder her 

Luna received the support of embattled Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz when she ran against Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist in 2020, losing to the ex-Florida governor

Luna received the support of embattled Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz when she ran against Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist in 2020, losing to the ex-Florida governor 

Luna filed a stalking injunction against GOP rival William Braddock (pictured), writing in it he planned to 'murder' her to prevent her from winning the House seat

Luna filed a stalking injunction against GOP rival William Braddock (pictured), writing in it he planned to ‘murder’ her to prevent her from winning the House seat 

Luna ran for Crist’s seat in 2020 and lost. 

She had been backed by former President Donald Trump and Gaetz, the current subject of an FBI probe. 

Crist, a Democrat, is Florida’s former governor and changed political parties in 2012 after backing former President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign – a move that cost him the gubernatorial election in 2014. He was then elected to Congress, representing the St. Petersburg area, in 2016.

In Luna’s bid against him in 2020, she lost by nearly seven points. 

In 2022, however, Crist plans to run for Florida governor, which could make the seat more ripe for the taking by a GOP challenger. 

Braddock is already in the race and Tito, who lost a Florida statehouse race in 2020 for District 68, is thinking about it. 

Braddock told The Times he doesn’t have Luna’s telephone number and has only interacted with her once, at a meeting hosted by a Community Patriots organization. 

Matt Tito

Amanda Makki

Luna accused Matt Tito (left) who ran for the Florida statehouse in 2020 and might run against her in the GOP primary in 2022, as well as Amanda Makki (left), who she beat in the 2020 GOP primary, as plotting alongside rival William Braddock to ‘take her out’ 

There he shook Luna’s husband’s hand, thanked him for his service and introduced himself as one of the candidates also running in the Republican primary for the Congressional seat, Braddock told the newspaper.  

‘This woman is off her rocker and she does not need to be representing anyone,’ Braddock also said. 

He also said he wasn’t planning to prepare before an upcoming court appearanc eon the matter. 

‘I don’t really have any plans to prepare because I didn’t do anything wrong,’ he told The Times. ‘It is a false police report and she’s probably going to jail for filing a false police report,’ Braddock added.  

Neither Tito and Makki were served with their own injunctions, but were named in the one given to Braddock. 

Braddock also learned Friday of another injunction against him from Erin Olszewski, a nurse who wrote a COVID-19 whistleblower book entitled, ‘Undercover Epicenter Nurse,’ The Times said. 

In that filing, Olszewski – shared by Braddock – she said that he called her and told her she would be ‘collateral’ if she was around Lina. 

Anna Paulina Luna also received the support of former President Donald Trump for her 2020 House bid. Here she appears at a Make America Great Again rally in Tampa days before the election

Anna Paulina Luna also received the support of former President Donald Trump for her 2020 House bid. Here she appears at a Make America Great Again rally in Tampa days before the election 

She said she feared for her life and for Luna’s.     

Olszewski said Braddock contacted one of her friend’s to ask for her information.

He said he did so to invite her to a healthcare reform forum.  

Olszewski declined to comment to The Times. 

Both Makki and Tito denied being involved in an assassination plot.  

Makki, who lost to Luna in the 2020 GOP primary, told the paper, ‘I mean I really think that she’s exhibiting behavior that I would say is concerning,’ she said of her former rival.   

Tito said he and Luna once got in a tiff during a radio show appearance together, but said he was ‘shocked’ by the allegations. 

‘But it’s kind of like this is what she does,’ Tito said. ‘She can’t debate you on the policy issues. She plays the victim better than anybody I’ve ever seen.’   



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