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Listen: Florida lawmaker calls 911 on Herald reporter, tells dispatcher 'My life is threatened

Florida state Sen. Daphne Campbell (D) called the police on a Miami Herald reporter earlier this month, alleging that her life was being threatened. She lost her re-election bid on Tuesday. (Image source: Video screenshot)

The Miami Herald revealed on Tuesday that Florida state Sen. Daphne Campbell (D) called 911 on one of its reporters following a candidate event on Aug. 9.

An audio recording of the exchange was released by Miami-Dade police this week, wherein the lawmaker can be heard telling a dispatcher, "Can you please send a police for me, please, right now. My life is threatened."

What happened?

In the call, Campbell made it clear to the dispatcher that she is a senator, said the alleged threats toward her came from a white woman wearing a "colorful dress," and acknowledged that her accused attacker did not have a weapon.

"I have a lady who threatened me a lot," Campbell said. "I'm not going to argue with no one. She threatened me right now. I need protection."

A police officer responded to the scene and questioned Herald reporter Sarah Blaskey, but made no arrests.



The Herald's executive editor, Aminda Marques Gonzalez defended her reporter in the incident, saying "Sarah Blaskey was simply doing her job. Asking a question is not a threat."

Reporter David Ovalle noted in the piece that Campbell accused the Herald of racism in the past, and added that this isn't the first time Sen. Campbell has called the cops on a member of the press.

In May, Campbell called the law on RISE NEWS publisher Rich Robinson for filming her during a public debate against her primary opponent.

What's Campbell's background?

Sen. Campbell was first elected to the state House in 2010, serving three terms before winning her Senate seat in 2016, which was created following redistricting. She lost her re-election bid on Tuesday to wealthy former prosecutor Jason Pizzo.

The Herald has covered what reporter David Smiley called a "long track record of ethical missteps and criminal investigations" that "made her one of Florida's more controversial elected officials."

Campbell, the only Haitian-American state legislator, has been accused of accepting unreported campaign donations, lying about living in her district, fibbing about her dead mother, and a laundry list of other personal and professional violations including Medicaid fraud.

Even Florida's Democratic Party alleged a few weeks ago that Campbell was involved in an illegal campaign flyer scheme, saying they suspected her due to her "history of questionable ethics."

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