On February 10, 2017 Lighthouse Point Mayoral candidate Maria Corvaia O’Donnell issued a veiled threat to a police dispatcher over “damages” caused by a statement about sober homes. At 4:32pm on a Friday afternoon, O’Donnell called the Lighthouse Point Police Department. “This is attorney Maria O’Donnell and I’d like to speak with the chief of police, please,” she said.
Fifteen minutes later, the dispatcher told Maria O’Donnell that Chief Russ Licata was “very busy” and he would call her back. At this point, O’Donnell begins making demands.
“This conversation, if it doesn’t happen now, could cause me damages. He put a blast out to the public that I believe is inaccurate,” O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell is referring to a statement by the Chief regarding O’Donnell’s wildly inaccurate claims about sober homes.
Maria O’Donnell was upset her campaign issue was undermined in a message sent to residents. She said, “I believe it’s detrimental to my mayoral campaign and I want it amended immediately!”
O’Donnell began to use legal buzzwords signaling a possible lawsuit. “If he doesn’t want to address it at this time I just want to let him know that it’s damaging…damaging to my political campaign,” she continued.
“The only time this could be remedied would be now. The kind of remedy if this is indeed inaccurate, and by inaccurate I mean not factually true, the time to remedy is now,” she said.
O’Donnell demanded Chief Licata issue another statement. She said, “A blast must go out and it must state the truth of the facts!”
Minutes later, O’Donnell calls back to complain the Chief has failed to call her. The dispatcher reminds her it’s been less than ten minutes since her last call. “I still haven’t heard anything…obviously I’m getting ready for Keepers Day,” she said.
Then, O’Donnell quizzes the dispatcher. She said, “Are you aware of the sober home on 46th Street?” The dispatcher tries to explain he just answers the phone. “That wasn’t the question,” she barked. “Are you aware of sober home on 46th Street?”
The dispatcher says he is not aware of any facts related to sober homes.
Will Maria O’Donnell treat police employees like this if she’s elected mayor?
Why is she bothering the Police Chief with her political problems?
Who is she to demand anything from any city employee?
Why is she repeatedly tying up police telephone lines with her campaign silliness?
Lighthouse Point voters deserve answers before the March 14th election.
You can listen to the full call below: