Congressman’s Son Arrested for Slapping Miami City Commissioner

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The son of Republican Rep. Carlos Gimenez was arrested on Wednesday after an altercation with the Miami City Commissioner in a restaurant.

Fox News reports:

Carlos J. Gimenez, the son of U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez, was taken into custody after police said he slapped Miami City Commissioner Alex Diaz de la Portilla at Morton’s Steakhouse in Coral Gables, the Miami Herald reported.

The Miami commissioner released a statement after the alleged incident where he described Gimenez, a lawyer and lobbyist, as “cowardly,” suggesting he was intoxicated and called the alleged slap was “more [of a] flick of the wrist.”

“It was more flick of his wrist from behind me when I was having lunch as he cowardly approached me from behind and ran away. This guy is not known as a very courageous guy. Actually, he’s quite a coward and appeared to be under the influence,” he said.

Gimenez was charged with a single count of simple battery, Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak said during a press conference that evening.

It’s not clear what instigated the encounter.


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