Florida man ‘fed up’ with Republicans arrested for threatening to kill state GOP lawmaker

On Monday, Steve St. Felix, a 34-year-old resident of Miami-Dade County resident who said he was “fed up” with Republicans, was arrested and charged with written threats with intent to do bodily injury to Florida state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, the Miami Herald reported.

Diaz, the report said, informed police after the threat was posted on his Facebook page over the weekend.  Police said “St. Felix was ‘fed up’ with the Republican Party — and that he hadn’t taken his meds when he posted the threat. It’s unclear what condition the medications were treating,” the Herald reported.

Charles Rabin added (Edited for graphic language):

The threat — “I’ll kill your a*s and you better not show up to the next REC meeting” — was quickly removed from the Facebook page, police said. It appeared to refer to the Republican Executive Committee, the name of the local Miami-Dade County GOP.

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St. Felix’s listed address is clear across the county from where Diaz lives.

Diaz, 37, is running for a contested state Senate seat. The primary is July 25.

Writing at Hot Air, John Sexton said the “‘rec meeting’ mentioned in the threat was actually a reference to the 2017 Lincoln Day Dinner, a Republican fundraiser scheduled for tonight. The headline speaker at the event this year is Kellyanne Conway.”

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event, WSVN reported.  The report also said St. Felix was stern-faced as the judge read the charges, but was “all smiles” in his mugshot.

The Miami news outlet further noted:

Diaz spoke to 7News about the online threat as he prepared for the 2017 Lincoln Day Dinner in West Miami-Dade. “This was somebody who was deeply troubled, who was threatening, not only to harm me, but to harm himself, so it was the perfect recipe for disaster,” he said.

In bond court, 7News learned Felix was out on bond after threatening another public servant and has a history of making threats.

“One of the previous cases involved a called threat to Miami Gardens Police Department,” said a prosecutor, “so it was an extremely serious threat that was done at that time.”

According to Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, St. Felix also threatened him at one point.  “The same gentleman called in a threat to 911 and made a threat against me,” he told 7News. “Our police department handled it.”

The threat against Diaz took place just two weeks after Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and four others were shot by an unhinged Bernie Sanders supporter who was shot dead as he tried to gun down as many Republicans as possible.  He was later found with a list of GOP lawmakers, all of whom are members of the conservative Freedom Caucus.

St. Felix claimed he didn’t mean Diaz any harm, but remains in custody on a $500,000 bond, News7 said.


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