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Kim Daniels breaks silence on polling place incident

On Friday’s episode of 25 Minutes of Power with Apostle Kimberly Daniels, the Jacksonville at large city councilwoman addressed persistent rumors about an incident at a Northside polling place Monday, the first day of early voting. It came on her daily religious broadcast as part of a wide-ranging discussion that touched on many other issues as she sought to get her story out “before going to the secular media.”

The night before her ill-fated trip to the polling place, she was not able to sleep — a factor that may have contributed to what happened next.

“I’d been up all night and my assignment was to go to that site and make sure the workers were excited,” she said.

Events quickly superseded her original assignment.

“A lady came, and we had a conversation” in which Daniels said things “she didn’t want to hear.” The councilwoman insisted that “there was no cursing, no controversy” and that reports otherwise (including the police report) are an “absolute fabrication.”

“I can’t imagine cursing in public,” said Daniels, who added, “I’ve been delivered from cursing.”

Daniels said she was assaulted by a man who was 6’5 and 240 pounds, and she is still healing.

“I have a sprained shoulder,” she said. “It’s just aching. I’m getting treated for it.”

In addition to seeking medical counsel, she’s also apparently pursuing a legal remedy.

“There are legal situations going on,” she said, related to claims of “assault, slander, and defamation of character.”

Daniels contends that the situation was contrived to make her look bad.

“When this lady addressed me, she grabbed me. It was part of the deal,” Daniels said. “She set me up.”

It got worse from there.

“This man ran me down in the street, blew his horn. He swung and hit me while I was sitting in the car,” Daniels said. She also said the problem was created, in part, by her making the mistake of “going up there by myself and being subject to dishonest, desperate people.”

“I have a political leader in my life,” Daniels said, “who says, ‘Kim, it is not about you.'”

She did not specify who that political leader was.

Despite her contention she did nothing wrong, Daniels apologized, saying that “even if the appearance of evil is there, I apologize because this city is in the most important time ever.”

“We don’t need 10 neophyte councilmen,” she said, referring to the 10 open seats on the cit council. “They don’t come elected, chamber-ready. No matter how much you watch the council on TV, you don’t know what it’s like to be called Honorable.”

Daniels, running for re-election, contended that “we have to be careful about the motives people have for running for office … People running for these races will fabricate stories.”

Luckily for Jacksonville voters, Daniels’ motives are clear. “I am using this platform to speak to the saints … I’m a prophet — the way I handle things, people may not always like it.” However, “this is the persecution we receive via lukewarm people.”

Daniels addressed other issues in her radio remarks, including “secular media” that she said. “will make you or break you.” The secular media outlet she took issue with was The Florida Times-Union, who “shut down an interview” when she ran four years ago, after she alleged “somebody offered me a bribe to get out of the race.”

Daniels also discussed the Human Rights Ordinance, which she opposed three years ago and still opposes. She took aim at politicians who won’t take a position on such issues though.

“HRO and same-sex marriage — I don’t wake up in the morning and think about that,” she contended, adding that “you’ve got some folks who won’t commit or decommit because of what people think.”

From there, the address grew more mystical.

“I had a dream that there was a war on American soil. I saw a councilman who works with me putting on his uniform. There was an alert — we were called into duty” to fight “enemies against the American way.”

The 25 Minutes of Power actually took about 45 minutes, and included glossolalia and a closing prayer.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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