BREAKING: Democratic Rep. John Patrick Julien of North Miami 'Considering a Party Switch'
The news comes just one day after Julien's attorney, former Republican state Rep. J.C. Planas, told the News his client would "probably" be appealing his August primary election defeat to the Florida House of Representatives.
Julien lost his August Democratic primary to Rep. Barbara Watson of Miami Gardens by a mere 13 votes.He alleges that Watson made use of “boleteros,” or ballot-brokers, to collect fraudulent or manipulated absentee ballots from at least 16 senior citizens.
Julien is one of the state's three Haitian legislators, all three of whom are Democrats but have come under fire from their party leadership for their stances in favor of businesses, school choice and, particularly in Julien's case, the right to life of the unborn.
"What folks refuse to understand is that Haitians are God-fearing, anti-government handout, distrustful of government, family-oriented, believers in educational freedom, and anti-abortion,” Julien told Sunshine State News earlier this week. “And yet we are registered Democrats. In other words, Haitians are like Cubans, only in a different party."
Weeks ago, a political consultant from one of Florida’s major bipartisan consulting firms suggested to the News that the Sunshine State's Haitian-born state legislators were the victims of a “political ethnic cleansing" by state Democratic Party officials in retaliation for their voting records.