Democratic congressional candidate and Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez says she and her Republican campaign manager quietly parted ways after he trolled liberals on social media and continued working for a man whom she accused of unwanted sexual advances.
Citing philosophical differences, Rosen Gonzalez, who is running for the 27th Congressional District seat held by retiring Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, says Pedro Diaz resigned last month from her campaign. She said they split “because he would not step down” from the Miami Beach Commission campaign of Rafael Velasquez, though Diaz said their dispute was over campaign strategy.
“The only reason we parted ways was really strategic differences. I don’t think it had anything to do with Rafael or anything else,” Diaz said.
Rosen Gonzalez accused Velasquez in late October of exposing his penis to her, and said Diaz resigned about a week later, just before Velasquez lost his election. But she says she was also aware of Diaz’s inflammatory social media use, including a tweet where he responded to a story about activists hanging clown effigies in KKK robes by asking “why so much hate, racism and violence from the left?”
“Someone sent me that tweet and I realized that he might not be the best choice for a Democratic primary, so his resignation was timely,” she texted. “Although his firm is bipartisan. He works with Democrats and Republicans.”
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