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Congressional candidate faces fight over court costs from last opponent

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Congressional hopeful Raquel Regalado was hit with a deposition request this week over a $1,172 litigation expense that her last opponent, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, says he’s owed from her failed bid to kick him off the ballot last fall.

A judge earlier this year ordered Regalado to pay Gimenez $1,172 for his share of the cost of an October deposition in the lawsuit she filed against him about a week before Election Day. “We want her to pay for her own stunt,” Gimenez lawyer J.C. Planas said Thursday.

Regalado lawyer Peter González says he sent the check weeks ago and accused Planas of trying to embarrass his client as she pursues the Republican nomination in the 2018 contest to replace retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. “He’s completely wrong,” González said. “I guess he’s doing this because he just wants to create waves and get his name in the paper.”

The original suit asked a judge to disqualify Gimenez as a candidate for reelection over a flubbed date on a filing check that the mayor filed in June.

Gimenez’s campaign filed a corrected check before the June 21 filing deadline after the Elections Department flagged the error. Regalado’s suit claimed Gimenez was given a pass by a county department he supervises as mayor. But the judge overseeing the case quickly dismissed Regalado’s suit as a misguided attempt to have the election decided by “fiat” instead of by the voters.

 

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