- September 10, 2018
Socialist Candidate Accused Of Stealing $13,000
A just-released police report, concerning Democratic Socialist candidate Julia Salazar, shows a 2011 arrest of the 27-year-old socialist on suspicion of attempting to access the bank account of Kai Hernandez — the former wife of retired baseball legend Keith Hernandez.
According to the Daily Mail, the theft occurred in 2010 while Salazar house-sat for Kai Hernandez. When Kai returned home, she found that $11,800 in cash was stolen, including an additional $1,175 in Pottery Barn vouchers and over $950 in expensive wines.
Salazar is a political ally and friend of fellow Bronx socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who upset Joe Crowley during the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th congressional district. Salazar is currently running for a state Senate seat within New York.
An audio recording by UBS Bank, obtained by Tablet Magazine accuses Salazar of allegedly making three separate phone calls attempting to impersonate Kai Hernandez and access her bank account, in December 2010.
After the third call, the bank notified Hernandez’s financial adviser who immediately alerted Kai that someone was attempting to access her bank account. Hernandez filed a police report, a few days later, and an investigation began
Several months later, Salazar was arrested and charged. However, the charges were later dropped for lack of viable evidence, noted the state attorney:
“There was not a likelihood of conviction based solely on the voice recording.”
However the incident didn’t end there, Salazar then sued Kai Hernandez for defamation of character, alleging that Kai actually made the phone calls and then accused her in order to get her arrested.
The reason for the alleged set-up? A rumored love affair between the former Met first basemen and Salazar — who was a neighbor at the time.
However, that discloser seems at odds with Salazar’s political bio, which claims she grew up in a “working class” neighborhood, rather than within a privileged environment.
For members like Salazar and comrade Ocasio-Cortez of the Democratic Socialists Party, pedigree is extremely important.
You need to demonstrate you’re one of the people; even your family lineage becomes a source of concern.
Additionally, Salazar is trying to represent the north Brooklyn District, around Knickerbocker Avenue, a predominantly Jewish enclave.
Which obviously means she needs to campaign as a Jew, and so Salazar has reinvented herself, claiming to be a Colombian-Jewish immigrant — perhaps doing a little fibbing like the honorable senator from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal who claimed to be a Vietnam Vet for years.
Salazar’s family lineage seems extremely vague, and whether it’s by design or not, no one can tell. Rumor has it that Salazar once claimed to be an immigrant although she was a born in Miami Florida. Other interviews quoted her as saying that she was born in Colombia. And although she still claims to be Jewish, some even suggest she’s Catholic.
Politics has always been a dirty business, and New York politics is a complex mixture of ethnic and religious forces thrown together within invisible and confined boundaries of diversity. However within this melting-pot of ethnic, religious, and racial diversity, the one fragile eliminate that binds this hodgepodge group together is their lopsided illogical view of the world, immersed in theory and identified as progressive dogma.