Curtis Calabrese ends campaign for Congress after report finds party affiliation violation

Two months after Florida Politics revealed he was illegally running as a Democrat, it appears the pilot Curtis Calabrian officially withdrew his candidacy to succeed the outgoing US Representative. Ted Deutsch.

Calabrese filed this week a termination report with the Federal Election Commission for its main campaign committee, Curtis Calabrese for Congressthus ending his run for federal office this year.

He did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

The filing follows a report that Calabrese, a veteran of U.S. Navy dogfights and a former Federal Aviation Administration inspector, should probably run as a nonparty candidate because he hadn’t been a Florida-registered Democrat long enough to run as such.

According to records from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, Calabrese has only been a Democrat in Florida since March 14, just over two weeks before he filed to run in federal elections.

Before that, he was listed as a Republican.

Florida law requires candidates to be registered with the political party of their choice at least 365 days before the start of the reference period for a general election.

Calabrese qualified for it – but in California. He lived in Los Angeles for the past four years until March, he said, when he and his husband moved back to Boca Raton. A search for his registration on the electoral lists Los Angeles County Clerk The website shows he is registered with the California Democratic Party. His voter status is listed there as active.

A Florida company by the name of Calabrese, Calabrese Properties LLClists his Los Angeles condo as the Address.

Calabrese said he registered as a Republican in Florida in 2008 just before joining the military and leaving the state. Since then, his government work has sent him to Maryland, Texas, Hawaii and California.

In 2008 and 2016, he voted by mail in the Florida general election. Records from the Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Office show he voted in person in the 2018 general election.

Calabrese claimed in April that staff at the Elections Division assured him that even though he had not been registered as a Democrat in Florida for the required one-year period, his registration with the party in California satisfied that requirement.

“I was told it was a federal Democratic party, not a state affair,” he said.

By then, however, he had already signed a oath for state and local partisan office which included a clause in which candidates must certify that they have been members of the party of their choice for 365 days, along with their Florida voter registration number for proof.

“He was not registered as a Democrat in accordance with what he had to swear under oath when he qualified,” said Marc Herronelection lawyer with a firm based in Tallahassee Messer Caparello. “So clearly he shouldn’t be able to qualify as a Democrat for this election.”

He may also have broken the law if he voted in California and Florida, an attorney who specializes in elections and political activities has said. Glenn Burhans Jr. of Stearns Weaver Miller.

“You cannot be registered to vote – and vote – in two separate states,” he said. “If his residence was really in California and he was registered to vote there at the same time he was registered and voting in Florida, that would be a violation of the law.”

Calabrese filed in early April to run in Florida’s 22nd congressional district, which Deutch represented until later that month when state lawmakers approved the governor’s redistricting. Ron DeSantis Desk.

If he had persisted and won, he would have been the Florida’s first openly LGBTQ member of Congress.


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