Congressional wannabe Martin Hyde threatens to end police officer’s career over traffic stop
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'Do you know who I am?'

Congressional candidate Martin Hyde was apparently worried about more than chocolates and roses on Valentine’s Day.

The Sarasota Republican was cited Monday morning for failing to display the proper registration on his vehicle at a speeding stop, according to records obtained by Florida Politics. He was stopped at 9:45 a.m. on Feb. 14.

That’s a minor enough infraction, one bearing a civil penalty of just $116. But it was enough to irritate Hyde to the point of threatening an officer’s livelihood.

Officer Julia Beskin in her official report states that Hyde became belligerent when he was stopped. She wrote that Hyde, when he did not produce his registration immediately, told her to “look it up cause he did not have it.”

That’s when he threatened her job.

“Do you know who I am?” Hyde said before threatening to call the police chief. “This is going to end your career.”

Hyde is a two-time failed Sarasota City Commission candidate now challenging U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan in a GOP Primary.

He acknowledges the events took place, and said he felt bad enough about it to call the officer after the incident. But he questioned the newsworthiness of the interaction.

“Man doesn’t like getting three tickets when he barely deserved one,” Hyde said. “And by the way, I called her afterward and said sorry.”

He also said he never intended to literally call the chief of police, and said that’s simply a phrase he says in moments of conflict. In this incident, he said he’s still not sure if he was driving 57 mph in a 40 mph zone, and he said the officer jumped on him about paper registration when his car had a tag and questioned his cell phone use. He maintains he was not using his phone. “It was all annoying,” he said.

This isn’t the first run-in with police for Hyde. During his first city race in 2017, police reports surfaced dating back to his 2010 divorce proceedings including a request for an injunction.

During a second run for the Commission in 2019, he became the central figure in a viral video shot at the Sarasota Bath & Racquet Club. In it, Hyde was complaining about teenagers using the club in which he is a member. At one point, he said, “I don’t know what drugs they are on.”

One of the people filming repeated a moment not caught on video, asserting Hyde told the Puerto Rican teens to “cut some grass.”

Hyde for years has been a regular speaker at local government meetings, and of late has been a staple at Sarasota School Board meetings. One of his rants recently led off a Lincoln Project video.

But Hyde said anyone who knows him will not hold these moments against him.

“I can’t get upside down about it,” he said. “I don’t think it will derail any limited appeal I might have. It’s not news. I’m getting bored of it. There’s a lot of stuff nobody talks about, serious things worthy of conversation. This is in the vein of ‘dog chases cat’ and it’s just crap.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Christine Craft

    February 18, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Mommy, what’s a “jackass”?

    • Denise Mei

      February 21, 2022 at 10:51 pm

      President Biden and Martin Hyde are actual “jackasses”

      • Charles Darwin

        February 23, 2022 at 4:17 pm

        What are you going on about? You should probably throw a “Thanks Obama!” in there too.

      • vera ossen

        February 23, 2022 at 7:52 pm

        I would include the rump and the Clintons in this, the Bushes, the Kennedys, Fords, especially the Bushes, there were a lot of them, we go back to LBJ, and he was both a blessing and a curse. It is what it is, but only one of them wanted to undo democracy and be a dictator. I mean, only one actually tried to do it, not sure if any of them wanted it.

  • politics

    February 18, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    martin should own up to his ticket infraction like the rest of us ddo

  • The Ghost Who Walks

    February 18, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Crazy pathetic whiny old white dudes making this old white dude sorry to be an old white dude. 😒

  • Concerned Sarasota resident.

    February 18, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    That’s a classic Martin Hyde line. ‘Do you know who I am?’ Nobody! Hopefully he never gets in a position of power.


      February 20, 2022 at 8:10 pm


      • Denise Mei

        February 22, 2022 at 1:26 pm


    • K savage

      February 23, 2022 at 3:19 pm

      Who is he besides a political candidate? Does he have a prestigious job? Is he wealthy?

    • Concerned Citizen

      February 23, 2022 at 5:46 pm


  • Zues

    February 18, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    the definition of the north end of south bound mule.

    • Dan

      February 23, 2022 at 4:04 pm

      I just watched the video on YouTube. Dude is a prick and I hope someone in authority there locally calls him out on it.

  • Suc Mydic

    February 19, 2022 at 7:55 am

    Entitled British jackass

  • Greg Klein

    February 19, 2022 at 10:04 am

    Hyde just keeps proving over and over and over, what a bellend he really is! Isn’t there some grass that needs cutting Marty?

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    February 19, 2022 at 11:26 am

    Shotgun mouth with a BB gun ass !

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    • Timothy L Steder

      March 2, 2022 at 9:18 pm

      It’s time for bed Mr. Biden.

  • John

    February 19, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    On the few occasions I’ve been confronted with the line “do you know who I am?” I always respond , “no…but I do have a psychiatrist friend who might be able to help you figure it out”

  • Bill Eberle

    February 20, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    “Do you know who I am?”

    “What, your momma didn’t tell you?”

  • John two bones

    February 21, 2022 at 10:47 am

    You forgot to mention when Hyde asked the Officer “what’s the status of your Russian immigration?” Since the officer has a russian-ish accent. Dude is a racist prick

  • Joseph S Majorino

    February 23, 2022 at 8:54 am

    No one likes tickets and the way this was handled is NOT the way for a person to get any leniency from an officer. From the jump he was combative and rude with the officer. All anyone needs to do is look around the country and see what officers deal with. To want to represent anyone you can not act the fool and think your above the law. Just think about how he will act if elected!!! In another video he is talking to Sarasota commissioners and bashing the police and city manager. Is this his politics? Seems to be what you might hear from a Democrat running for office if you ask me.

    • George T Cook lll

      February 24, 2022 at 7:20 pm

      I thought he was a Democrat too when I found out he was Republican I said how quick can we get rid of him he will damage us.
      A Democrat will send in the cavalry to see how they can save his position that’s the difference Between republican and a democrat.

      • Anthony Anderson

        February 26, 2022 at 12:01 pm

        Cuomo stepped down, Franken stepped down, Gaetz refuses to leave office. How very Republican.

        • Albert

          February 28, 2022 at 7:24 pm

          Cuomo just started running adds in NY about what a wonderful guy he is(I live in WNY.) Cuomo feels he has been vindicated and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he makes a run in 2024.

  • Bridgette Ann Blumenthal

    February 23, 2022 at 9:48 am

    2-23-22 Now his rants have gone viral on twitter. He doesn’t act like a democrat, as once put it. The opposite. The GQP are the ‘entitled’ ones who only do the job for the money. Now many of them are backing Russian invasion of Ukraine. I left the GQP when the dumpster fire got elected. It’s been downhill ever since. Vote blue, no matter who.

    • George

      February 24, 2022 at 7:28 pm

      You’re still the baby killing, Abortion homosexual party, all of you antichrist, almost all of you gun grab-in Hippie party-Obama Hillary

      This is not an opinion this is provable fact history

      • The Ghost Who Walks

        February 25, 2022 at 12:01 am

        See all the fun you’re missing. 👍

        But wow. George. Dude. You really need to go see a shrink.

      • Brian T.

        February 25, 2022 at 12:33 am

        George, all of that preaching and YOU are barely literate, yourself.

    • Philip L Buxton

      February 25, 2022 at 12:47 pm

      Entitled bitch

  • Candace

    February 23, 2022 at 10:25 am

    This ‘person’ should never be allowed to work in a leadership roll in any government. He is clearly a sanctimonious over-privileged jerk. They should ban him from school board meetings while they are at it. Anyone who says ‘do you know who I am’ needs extra points and fines on their citation.
    So much for the ‘law and order’ party. The GOP is over.

    • George

      February 24, 2022 at 7:33 pm

      Are you going back to your Chicago for your Law and order.

      You’re still the hypocrite party.

      • shawn

        February 28, 2022 at 9:39 pm

        To be honest, all this arguing over which party is best is just crazy. Both parties are corrupt and are bringing this country down with all of their hate speech. I have seen dem’s that support pro-life and Rep’s that don’t support it. It all depends on the candidate and their views on things. People need to stop and really think about what they are supporting instead of voting party lines. There are just too many evil men in high places like this ass. Thanks for the comments and have a good day.

  • Mark Rosen

    February 23, 2022 at 11:14 am

    Martin Hyde is an unbalanced, self entitled jerk. Can you imagine what a monster he would be if he ever got elected ? I don’t know anybody that would want to be represented by such rude and indignant person.

  • Paul medhurst

    February 23, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    It makes me feel ashamed to be British when I see crap like this. I don’t know who he is as I’m in the Uk but I do know the guys a PRICK.

    • Byron

      February 24, 2022 at 8:59 am

      Your OK pal. There are a lot of American “arseholes” too. It’s all part of the human condition. Just don’t let them have any positions of power.

  • Eric Snider

    February 23, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    Officer : muammar Gaddafi??

  • Dino

    February 23, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    He sounds like prince Andrew ,
    Probably knew Jeffrey…..

  • Sheryl Walker

    February 23, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    What a horrible little man.This self-entitiled, narcissistic, pompous, misogynistic bully should NEVER hold any political office. Kudos to the policewoman who remained calm and in charge throughout the entire ordeal, despite Hyde’s nonstop abuse, threats, lies and bullying tactics. The only reason Hyde apologized is because he got caught on video. He is akin to Greg and Travis McMichael and William Bryan, except, rather than a young, black man, we have a young policewoman to whom Hyde feels a misguided sense of superiority. Martin Hyde should be removed from any position of trust, as the lies he told the male police sergeant and the abuse he spewed on Officer Beskin show his true character: He has none. He should also be investigated for the racist remark he made to Officer Beskin regarding the status of her
    “Russian immigration” and threats he made regarding her job status. He is despicable. I hope every voter gets to see the videos and view the real Martin Hyde so that, come election day, they spare the community from.having anything to do with this sexist, racist bully. He isn’t sorry at all. He is just sorry he got caught. Shame on him.

  • Doronne Garza

    February 23, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    A 150k car! So what’s 500 in fines! This guy is the definition of an asswipe and I would’ve cuffed him! He owes the police officer (who kept herself VERY professional) a few years of salary for his level of disrespect and threats! ! Who does he think he is?! Go back where ya came from asshole! You think you’re above the law! You’re a joke! I would’ve went off camera and bitch slapped him like he deserved! And we wonder why there’s a shortage of cops… here’s one good reason! She doesn’t get paid
    Enough to deal with his BS!

  • Marjorie Jane Elliot

    February 23, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    What a disgusting, entitled turd.

  • Martin

    February 23, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    I am an English guy in Texas and he truly embarrasses me and the English people. He is nothing but a thug with money who couldn’t make it in England with his bullying so he tries it over here. What true conservative would speak to a law enforcement officer like he did. A yoyss as l waste if space

    • mike tomlin

      February 25, 2022 at 5:04 am

      He’s not a Conservative, he is a TrumpaNazi!!

  • Hank

    February 24, 2022 at 9:04 am

    Who care who your are?

  • Kraig

    February 24, 2022 at 9:32 am

    Why are we, the AMERICAN PEOPLE, even allowing a British jack ass to run for office? He’s British! Us Americans can not go to the UK and run for office. Why would the people of Florida allow such a person on the ballot?

  • G Doorn

    February 24, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Yet another law-and-order Republicon

  • Jonathan L Achar

    February 24, 2022 at 10:48 am

    Little Martin should pipe down and get his ticket. This whiny bitch thinks he’s above the law. I imagine he wouldn’t be so tough if he had actually gotten out of the car.

  • mark davis

    February 24, 2022 at 11:33 am

    He needs to be investigated by the Ethics committee. The way he acted is as if he has done this before. He just tried to bully his way out of a ticket. if any officer has been bullied by this congressman to please come forward and tell your story.

  • Joseph Mastrangelo

    February 24, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?” Yes we do! Your a NOBODY WANNABE!
    and now your a NOBODY NEVERWILLBE!!!

  • Mike McDude

    February 24, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Whose the Immigrant??? WOW dude, this seems to be woven into your character. Wonder if he talks to his son, who is in law enforcement, that way?

  • Eduardo Haro

    February 28, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Another MAGA Trump loving Republican. Only the best of the best lol

  • Chanandler Bong

    February 28, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    I’ve heard that line before as a security policman in the Air Force.
    Late one night, I pulled a lady over for running a red light on base. Before I could say one word to her, she’s looks behind her out the driver’s window and screams, “Why are you pulling me over!!? Do you know who I am!!!?” Some squadron commader’s wife of course, typical of many, wearing her spouse’s rank on her own shoulders.
    Of course I cited her. She was so heated, she took off with a squeal of her tires…and was pulled over by another patrol on base a few minutes later for doing 60kph in a 20.

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