RedState’s Erick Erickson posted a bizarre police report Monday from Winter Park City Commissioner Karen Diebel, who is looking for the Republican nomination against Suzanne Kosmas in Florida’s 24th Congressional District.
On April 30, 2007, Diebel called 911 because her son told her there was a snake in the family pool. She later collected the snake in a jar and left.
But it gets weirder: She believed her home was being bugged because she was a swing vote on a light rail line project in Winter Park. She also said that two of her computers were hacked and stolen. She said “she had a few glasses of wine and was too tired to complete a detailed written statement.” Lastly, she provided officers a list of “good and bad names” including Winter Park Mayor David Strong and his wife (both bad).
Given that Diebel is a strong conservative, it seems odd that Erick Erickson would leak this — even he said, “I’ve looked at Diebel’s voting record and I like what I see.” Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s political action committee endorsed her Monday, saying, “Karen will be an active advocate, not just a silent vote, for our pro-life values and marriage between one man and one woman.” She spoke amicably with the “Tea Party Patriots Live” radio show in December 2009. Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) and former Rep. Tom Tancredo have also endorsed Diebel.
Her Republican opponent, State Rep. Sandy Adams, is equally conservative, opposing cap and trade and health-care reform while stating a desire to bring “fiscal discipline” back to Washington.
The district is competitive on paper. McCain won the district by two points in 2008, and Cook Partisan Voting Index rates it as R+4. However, Kosmas won her first term in 2008 by 16 points.
Diebel’s office did not immediately return a request for comment sent to an e-mail address listed by her campaign. However, her campaign manager told Dave Weigel of The Washington Post, “I’m not sure where these stories are coming from… We are running against very desperate opponents whose campaigns are struggling.” The campaign also said they will have more context today.