Just when you thought the story of Julia Salazar, a DSA Socialist candidate who was already enmeshed in a dozen scandals can’t get any crazier, it gets much crazier.
To recap, Salazar lied about being Jewish, she lied about being an immigrant, and she lied about growing up poor.
The media billed her as the “Next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”. Cortez and Cynthia Nixon backed her. Oh boy did they mess up.
The anti-Israel activist with hate groups such as If Not Now, was not Jewish. She was born in Miami, despite claiming to be an immigrant. And lived in a mansion, despite claiming to be poor.
Oh yes, and also…
On top of all this, a New York Times reportpublished on Wednesday found that Salazar had not actually graduated Columbia University, despite her campaign implying that she did on her website and to reporters.
If this seems like the behavior of an unstable person, guess again.
His ex-wife Kai Hernandez told police in 2010 that Salazar had stolen $11,800 in cash, $1,175 in Pottery Barn vouchers and $950 worth of wine while house-sitting for her in Jupiter, Florida.
She also claimed that that 27-year-old Salazar, who hopes to unseat New York State Sen. Martin Dilan in the September 13 Democratic primary, stole her personal information and tried to use it to access her bank account.
At the time she lodged the suit, Salazar was living at her mom’s three-bedroom townhouse on an exclusive, gated marina development in affluent Jupiter, Florida.
It’s hard being a poor Jewish Colombian immigrant.
Julia Salazar, the Democratic Socialist candidate running for New York state Senate, was arrested in 2011 on allegations of fraudulently attempting to access the bank account of Kai Hernandez, a family friend and then-wife of baseball star Keith Hernandez. The incident is chronicled in police reports, court records, and audio files, all of which have been obtained by Tablet. The key evidence: phone call recordings made by UBS Bank of an individual posing as Ms. Hernandez in an effort to access her account. Despite the arrest, she was ultimately not charged.
On Dec. 14, 2010, after being played the recordings by her banker, Kai Hernandez said she recognized Salazar as the voice on the phone and subsequently filed a police report. Charles Weinblatt, the Tequesta, Florida, Police Department detective assigned to the case, interviewed Salazar on March 23, 2011, and immediately identified her as the speaker on the calls, placing her under arrest. This week, he reaffirmed his conclusion that Salazar was the perpetrator, in an interview with Tablet.
There are recordings attached so feel free to judge for yourself.
Ultimately, Salazar was not charged, likely because “a voice ID is not enough for the state attorney’s office,” said Weinblatt. “There may have been sufficient evidence to arrest her, but the state attorney’s office felt that there was not a likelihood of conviction based on a voice ID, I would assume, so the charges were not filed.” (The state attorney at the time, Michael F. McAuliffe, could not be reached for comment at press time.) In addition, no money had been stolen, since the caller had not been able to access Hernandez’s account, likely reducing the priority and urgency of the case. Salazar later returned to Columbia University.
Ironically, the only reason Salazar’s arrest survives in the public record is because of Salazar herself. The Tequesta Police Department is small, and does not typically retain such records beyond a five-year period. Today, the department can find no files or documentation related to the Salazar case. But in March 2013, two years after the incident, Salazar sued Kai Hernandez for defamation in Palm Beach County’s Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. As evidence, she provided both the original police report filed by Hernandez and the arrest report filed by Weinblatt, thus preserving the documents in the public record.
Salazar alleged that the 46-year-old Hernandez, acting in malice, had actually impersonated the 19-year-old Salazar on the phone to her own bank, setting in motion the arrest that had since marred Julia’s emotional and professional well-being. Salazar denied any wrongdoing.
You know, if Julia Salazar does win, just think of all the awesome things that she’ll do. And oh yes, she’s a soulless monster.
The defamation suit dragged on for four years, and was set to go to jury trial in May 2017, when it was finally settled in March. Hernandez had been battling cancer and autoimmune disease, and could not afford to continue the process. Her insurance handled the payout. Lynne Ventry, Hernandez’s lawyer, told me, “if Kai hadn’t gotten ill, we could have tried this case and won this case, I truly believe that, but there comes the cost of her health, and her situation was such that if they’re [the insurance] gonna pay her money, let them pay her money.”
Forget Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Julia Salazar is the hero that the socialist moment deserves.