(FreedomBeacon.com)- During a secretly-recorded phone conversation on June 9, William Braddock, a Florida Republican running for Charlie Crist’s House seat threatened to make his primary opponent, Anna Paulina Luna “disappear.”
Luna, an Air Force veteran, was Crist’s Republican challenger in the 2020 election, but lost her race. She is looking to gain the seat in 2022. Crist will not be seeking reelection in 2022. Instead, he plans to run for Governor of Florida.
In the phone call, recorded by Erin Olszewski, Braddock repeatedly warned Olszewski not to place her support behind Luna because Braddock had access to a Ukrainian and Russian “hit squad.” Threatening Olszewski, Braddock warned her against being “caught out in public supporting Luna.”
Then Braddock turned his vitriol on Luna, telling Olszewski, Luna was “gonna go down and I hope it’s by herself.”
Braddock then claimed he didn’t want to take someone’s life for the good of the American people, adding “But if it needs to be done, it needs to be done.”
In his rant, Braddock referred to Luna as a “f***ing speed bump in the road” and a “dead squirrel you run over every day when you leave the neighborhood.”
Olszewski initiated the June 9 phone call after Braddock had repeatedly asked her to appear on a health care panel for an event. But because she had grown concerned over Braddock’s “unhinged” “threatening messages” referencing Luna, Olszewski decided to record the phone call.
During the recorded call, Olszewski floated the possibility of what would happen if Luna were to win the primary. Braddock assured her that wouldn’t happen, adding “She’s gonna be gone. Period.”
Braddock explained that he would call his “Russian and Ukrainian hit squad” and within a day, they would send him “pictures of [Luna] disappearing.”
Olszewski turned the recording over to the St. Petersburg, Florida police and also contacted Luna about the threats Braddock made.
Upon hearing the threats against her, Luna filed a petition for an injunction against Braddock, and on Friday June 11, she received a temporary restraining order against Braddock.
According to Politico, who reached out to Braddock via text message, though he did not deny that it was his voice on the recording, Braddock claimed it may be altered or edited. Though Olszewski denies making any changes to the recording.
Although recording another person without his knowledge is a third-degree felony in Florida, St. Petersburg police told Olszewski she had nothing to worry about. However, Braddock told Politico that he intends to sue Olszewski for civil damages as well as file felony charges with the local police department.