August 22nd, 2010
08:55 AM ET
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Congressional candidate robbed at gunpoint in Florida

Marleine Bastien was robbed as she prepared to speak at a church in a campaign appearance on Saturday.
Marleine Bastien was robbed as she prepared to speak at a church in a campaign appearance on Saturday.

(CNN) – A candidate in next week's U.S. congressional primary in Florida was robbed at gunpoint Saturday, according to the North Miami Police Department.

Marleine Bastien was robbed as she prepared to speak at a church in a campaign appearance, North Miami police Lt. Neal Cuevas said, four days before a crowded Democratic primary in south Florida's 17th Congressional District.

Bastien was sitting in the driver's seat of a car with her sister when a car pulled up behind them. Cuevas said the suspect approached Bastien's side of the car, pulled a handgun and demanded their purses, saying "I'll blow your heads off."

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  1. GI Joe

    She either loses the money outside the church, or the minister "steals" her money inside the church. 10% to go into his pocket for extravagant living expenses. Shame shame shame

    August 22, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Chris

    I've been spending some time this morning checking out different blogs and comments sections on the web. This news story came up a few times. The typical response from right wingers can be summed up as:

    1 – They're glad that it happened and say that since she's a Democrat she deserved it. They show not the slightest sympathy for the victim or condemnation of the crime.

    2 – They mistakenly assume it was a Republican candidate that was robbed and then go on to pronounce that it had to have been a liberal plot to harass and rob an innocent conservative.

    August 22, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Justen in Florida

    about time somone robbed a democrat, they've been robbing us since obuma got elected.

    August 22, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    @Justen in Florida, oh how truely conservative you are. Tell us, how have you been robbed? Be specific.

    August 22, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Ben

    Tom-Vermillion Ohio – "@Justen in Florida, oh how truely conservative you are. Tell us, how have you been robbed? Be specific."

    Have you been paying attention? Obviously not. How about higher taxes and more spending we can't afford? Does that ring any bells with you?

    August 22, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Kenneth Close

    Here is the same political posturing by the Right side as the Left side has done before: If you don't like Rebubs. get your friends to vote.

    August 22, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |