Florida state Senate candidate calls police on reporter after forum 

Published: Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 8:23 AM

Florida Sen. Daphne Campbell appeared at a candidates forum Thursday in North Miami Beach.
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Florida Sen. Daphne Campbell appeared at a candidates forum Thursday in North Miami Beach.(Florida House of Representatives)

A Florida state senator running for reelection called police Thursday afternoon on a reporter she claimed was making threats against her, The Miami Herald reported. 

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Sen. Daphne Campbell, a Democrat running in District 38 in South Florida, called police at 1:24 p.m. after an appearance at a North Miami Beach restaurant, the newspaper reported.

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A North Miami Beach officer who responded to the call and declined to give his name said Campbell called about threats made by a woman in a floral dress -- the attire of Miami Herald reporter Sarah Blaskey, the Herald reported.

No arrests were made.

Dennis Stubbolo, president of the Social Citizens of South Florida that hosted the event, said the incident was surprising.

“I did not see anything go wrong. I was there,” he told the Herald. “I don’t know where that came from.”

Campbell made the call after a question-and-answer session. When Blaskey asked for an interview, Campbell refused and told the reporter to email her questions, the Herald reported.

When Blaskey continued to listen to Campbell’s conversations with voters, the senator walked to another table and called police, the newspaper reported.

Campbell’s attorney, James Jean-Francois, said he was unaware of the incident and could not comment. Campbell has accused the newspaper of racism and bias in favor of her Democratic primary opponent, Jason Pizzo, the Herald reported.

“You guys keep on harassing her all the time and she’s tired of you guys,” said a man who answered Campbell’s cellphone and declined to give his name, the newspaper reported.

Miami Herald Managing Editor Rick Hirsch said that “Asking a public official questions in a public place is perfectly appropriate.”

Earlier this year, Campbell called Miami Shores Police because Rise News reporter Rich Robinson was filming her in public, The Miami New Times reported. Miami Shores Police found that Robinson had done nothing wrong.

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