Miami-Dade County Judge Jacqueline Schwartz spotted an oversized campaign sign for one of her opponents posted in the parking lot outside a Coconut Grove convenience store.
It was more than two months before the Aug. 26 primary election. Schwartz, a 12-year veteran of the bench, didn't like the large political advertisement.
So she marched into the Kwik Stop at 3101 Grand Ave. on June 2 and asked to speak to the person in charge, according to the store cashier. The owner was out. But he had returned by the time Schwartz returned a few hours later, at night.
The judge demanded that she be allowed to put up a sign of her own, or that the sign for opponent Rachel Glorioso Dooley be removed, according to the owner and cashier. When she didn't get her way, Schwartz lost her temper, owner Firas Hussain said.
"She got so mad, she raised her voice," Hussain told the Miami Herald. "She started to curse at the cashier and me. She said, 'Go and f--- yourself.'"