Anytime crime enters the political stage, things can get messy. But this takes things to another level.
And a leading Democrat’s time in politics may be ending after a shocking arrest was made.
Stacey Abrams, the radical Leftist and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who lost both times when running for office, has some major family issues to sort out.
Her brother-in-law, Jimmie Gardner was arrested last Friday in Tampa, Florida for human trafficking charges.
Gardner, 57, was arrested after allegedly trying to get a 16-year-old girl to participate in acts of s*x at two in the morning at a hotel at the International Plaza, according to police reports that were given to WFLA, the local news station.
According to more reports from the police, Gardner had met with the young girl and had her come up to his room at the hotel where he then offered to pay her for s*x.
But according to a police statement, “The victim initially agreed but later told Gardner that she no longer wanted to engage and he became angry.”
“Gardner advised the victim that she needed to leave his hotel room. The two got involved in a verbal altercation that escalated to a physical dispute after Gardner placed his hands around the victim’s neck, impeding her breathing.”
“After the dispute, Gardner left the hotel room, and the victim called 911,” the statement added.
That's one piece of news Stacey Abrams won't like seeing in the press. pic.twitter.com/i4IsCPjQZ9
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) November 17, 2023
This isn’t Gardner’s first rodeo with a s*xual crime.
In 1987 he was convicted of s*xually assaulting two women in the state of West Virginia.
He served 27 years in prison and was released in 2016.
He became Abrams’ brother-in-law in 2018 after marrying her sister, Leslie Abrams Gardner.
Abrams Gardner is a federal judge for the Middle District of Georgia, and has been since 2014. She’s yet to come out publicly with any sort of statement.
For her husband however, the charges against him will be taken “very seriously” according to Florida state attorney Suzy Lopez.
“Everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence. Our attorneys will prosecute this case as we would any other offender who is alleged to have committed these crimes. We take these charges very seriously,” Lopez told WFLA.
According to WFLA, “Officials said Gardner, who was once drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1984, now ‘works as a motivational speaker and emotional intelligence trainer for students and people who were formerly incarcerated’ in Georgia.”
Gardner’s time as a motivational speaker and emotional intelligence trainer is likely over after this latest criminal charge.
Stay tuned to The Federalist Wire.