Ex-girlfriend of congressional candidate Martin Hyde reports concerns he may be suicidal
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Martin Hyde
Martin dismissed accusations as lies and fantasy.

Editor’s note: This story discusses suicide. If you or people you know are at risk of self-harm, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

The ex-girlfriend of congressional candidate Martin Hyde last week called police to report an angry dispute. In the course of conversations, she said Hyde was suicidal. Hyde later demanded she retract her statement, and she did so, but later stood by her original account.

The woman said she dated Hyde for six years and reported his erratic behavior, while expressing a desire to inform the public.

The girlfriend reported to the Sarasota Police Department that Hyde was emotional and unstable after the latest blow-up between the off-and-on couple. Police spoke to Hyde about the allegation on the day the woman called police and decided he “does not meet any criteria for any protective custody.”

This incident came after months of scrutiny about Hyde’s temperament following a traffic stop caught on video where he threatened a female police officer’s job. Hyde is challenging U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Longboat Key Republican, in an Aug. 23 Republican Primary.

The woman in an ongoing dispute with Hyde spoke to Florida Politics and said Hyde in recent weeks cheated on her with a younger woman.

Hyde denied her account to police and criticized Florida Politics for running this story.

“It is literally fantasy. The story is fantasy. Florida Politics is fantasy,” he said. “The lies in this report, anyone can say about anyone on anything. I care too much about people to throw dirt back at them. This is a disgraceful abuse of journalistic authority. Shame on the people who would publish it.”

On the morning of Aug. 5, the woman called police and reported Hyde had shown up at her home unannounced and the two became involved in an argument. No crime occurred, but the woman told Florida Politics Hyde threatened to have her arrested for using his personal computer.

The report states the argument occurred shortly after the woman sent screenshots of messages to Hyde’s new girlfriend revealing prior conversations.

Hyde and the woman who called police dated intermittently for the last six years, the report states. While the two are recently broken up, she told police Hyde had threatened if he ever found her in bed with another man to “shoot him.” Speaking to Florida Politics, she adamantly denied saying as much to police.

Hyde denied being suicidal to police, telling them everything his ex reported was “false.”

“He then turned the conversation by alleging that the caller burglarized his residence and went through personal belongings of a woman that was at his house,” the report states.

During initial phone contact, Hyde hung up the phone on police, the report states, after expressing displeasure body cameras were being used. He told police they should investigate his accusations, but he declined to formally report any crime was committed by his ex-girlfriend.

She told Florida Politics his accusation stemmed from a time in July when she drove by his home and found the garage door open. She said she went to check on his welfare and found another woman’s purse in the home.

“I did see a purse, which threw me off,” she said. “I looked and I opened a flap of a wallet because I wanted to see the name of the person in bed with my supposed future marriage partner. He was still promising me marriage, children. I wanted to know the truth.”

She said after seeing the other woman’s name she closed the wallet.

The woman said her relationship with Hyde deteriorated over the following weeks as it became clear he wanted to instead be in a relationship with a new woman. She did send messages to the other woman, she said, as a heads-up about his character.

She told police Hyde threatened to report her to police for using his computer and accessing his emails.

The ex-girlfriend said one concern in contacting police was repeated threats by Hyde to commit suicide, perhaps as soon as 10 days in the future. She told police she had previously contacted Hyde’s son, a police officer, about his mental state.

Police spoke to Hyde’s son, who confirmed receiving text messages from the woman about his father’s mental health. But he did not believe his father to be suicidal, and said Hyde in fact had been increasingly “planning for the future.”

That included discussing purchasing a new home and liquidating his business. He did say his father’s former girlfriend contacted him by text about whether Hyde was suicidal, and that prompted him to contact Hyde and make sure he was OK. Hyde advised he was.

The ex-girlfriend said Hyde made detailed plans about selling his business and giving his money to his children before killing himself. She also showed police video at her home of Hyde showing up outside her front door and telling her to open it and provide “an explanation.”

“At this time, there is insufficient evidence to state that Martin is an immediate harm to himself, or others based off the totality of circumstances,” the report concludes.

After Florida Politics contacted Hyde for comment, the woman said Hyde showed up at her home. Shortly after, she sent Florida Politics a text recanting her account.

“I need to be honest with you as I haven’t been and before this whole situation gets even further out of control I need to be honest and tell you that for whatever reason I guess due to my sadness or pain of the relationship ending, whatever it was, I completely fabricated everything that I said to the police and to you as well, I am so sorry as that’s not typically my behavior or my character and I’m not proud of myself for doing this, but I wouldn’t be able to look at myself in the mirror if this got further out of control and knowing it was just all a lie, that’s not me and that’s not who I want to be. If you need me to sign anything or do anything further as to retract everything that I said to you, please do let me know, thank you.”

But the following day, she sent a letter to Florida Politics verifying her original account.

“Martin Hyde backed me into a corner, intimidating me and would not leave my home until I “fixed” the situation for him, when I initially refused to do it, Mr. Hyde got very agitated and I felt fearful of what he may do, either in that moment or later in retaliation as he has threatened multiple times,” she said.

She stood by the account to police and to Florida Politics.

“Every word that I spoke and provided to both the Sarasota Police Department and to Mr. (Ogles) was absolutely the truth,” she said.

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]


21 comments

  • PeterH

    August 12, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    Another Republican narcissist who thinks he’s above the law! For Republicans is all about threatening race or immigration status.

    On February 14, 2022, Hyde was stopped by Sarasota police officer Julia Beskin for speeding and texting while driving. Police body camera footage shows Hyde threatening to use his professional connections to have Beskin removed from the police force. Hyde also made remarks regarding Beskin’s immigration status, saying “Is it your Russian immigrant status that makes you talk to people like this?” Hyde was eventually given citations for failure to produce registration, texting while driving, and speeding.

    • James Heitkemper

      August 14, 2022 at 4:02 am

      I am a Republican and would never vote for, defend, or endorse this arrogant prick in any manner. There is a huge difference between arrogance and confidence. That confrontation wouldn’t phase a Democrat because most are sociopaths and would be completely cooperative taking their cues of what is socially exceptable as they go. You have to tell them what is right and wrong. They are all godless and have no inner moral compass at all. One Democrat is all you need. The rest just follow like sheep. The Republicans have heros with character, vision, and ideas. Democrats want to tax and control all aspects of life from birth (If you don’t get murdered first) to death. Dems are godless. You can’t be Christian and support murdering babies. Essentially hell is crowded with Democrats. Good luck living your life of sin and ignorance.

      • RealAmericanNotFakeGQP"Patriot"

        August 14, 2022 at 7:14 am

        “The Republicans have heros with character, vision, and ideas.”
        I won’t even address the fact that your atrocious spelling does little to convince people you are an authority on anything, much less the complexities of politics…
        …But I do wonder which of the these Republican heroes you admire the most?
        Matt “The Trafficker” Gaetz?
        Lauren “I Married a Perv” Boebert?
        Josh “Scared Rabbit” Hawley?
        Madison “Orgy” Cawthorne?
        Louie “I Grieve for Insurrectionists” Gohmert?
        Marjorie “Gazpacho Police” Taylor Greene?
        Etc. etc. etc…
        I mean, there are SO many!!!
        🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

        • Kimberly

          August 18, 2022 at 2:39 pm

          Every name you put up there has only had smear stories run against them, with no facts, evidence of any wrongdoing, or criminal charges. Biden is a bungling idiot is a fact. We can all see it. Hillary created the Russia story, a proven fact, Biden being involved in Hunter’s business dealings, proven fact, but nothing. Whitmer kidnapping, false flag ops by the FBI. And many many more, with evidence. None of the above happened. Being a follower, of MSM and disgusting, lying politicians, regurgitating their lies makes you look stupid.

          • Rog

            August 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm

            The only one who looks stupid here is you and yours, Kimberly.

            You wouldn’t be be able to grasp a fact if it bit you.

      • Sun Wun

        August 14, 2022 at 10:10 am

        There will come a day when all the people will look back at the failed experiment known as America, and your philosophy will be deemed as the greatest sin and sure recipe for national suicide.

  • Martin Hyde

    August 12, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Florida politics has repeatedly lied and in this case chooses to dismiss a written statement where the woman categorically states she lied in totality.
    The reported harassed and hassled the woman over several days for this fabrication promising her to keep her name out of it despite it being her who commuted actual crimes.
    Such desperation to publish the Iuncorroborated and baseless clickbait tells everything about Jacob Ogles and Florida politics.
    For what it’s worth I’m alive and well and look forward to continuing to be so.

    • Cassandra Gallagher

      August 13, 2022 at 1:15 am

      If this women truly committed these crimes as you assert Mr. Hyde then I do have the following questions to pose….
      1. If crimes were committed agaisnt you, why had you not reported these issues to the police /or filed any charges?
      2. It seems convienent that the first allegation you ever made of said “crimes” committed by this woman, has occured only in your response to a story that you are disputing, I’m sure that you can see how this could easily be perceived as character assasination of some sort….
      3. If this woman did in fact commit crimes agaisnt you in any way, then why did you not only forego filing any reports, but yet you continued to engage with her on a regular basis, via phone calls, messages and multiple visits to her home?
      As I do know the woman involved, I am aware that you were again at her residence this past Thursday, August 11th, as four SPD SUVs were sent over to her home by a concerned friend as to ensure that the two of you were not involved in any conflict. It seems that you stayed with this “criminal” for a few hours, conversing well into the evening.
      I find it odd that someone of your caliber, Mr. Hyde, would spend hours into the evening, nevermind, any time at all, chatting away with the perpetrator of these supposed crimes agaisnt you and the woman that was visiting you the evening of the supposed “burglary”….
      Perhaps you would be so kind Mr. Hyde, as to clarify just a bit on these items above, as I know, you being the public servant that you are here in Sarasota, would never condone the unwarranted damaging of the reputation of any member of our community… I do look forward to your clarifying this matter, thank you Mr. Hyde! (Ps. I’m still voting for you!)

    • Rog

      August 20, 2022 at 7:01 pm

      No, it tells us everything we need to know about you, Hyde.

      • Sun Wun

        August 24, 2022 at 9:07 pm

        Who is “us”? You don’t speak for me, Rog. You don’t speak for everyone so why pretend?

    • Genie O'Brien

      August 24, 2022 at 9:18 pm

      I am no fan of Buchanan, but I’m delighted that he trounced you. I’m not in the least bit surprised you washed out at the polls; you should congratulate yourself, because you alone are solely responsible for your humiliating loss. Your ex girlfriend is very believable; your ongoing actions, antics, gaslighting and blame projection seals the public’s view of you. I hope by now the ex has figured out how to get a restraining order to keep you and your horrendous personality away. Threatening cops, threatening violence against the FBI, intimidating women. What a Stand Up Guy you are- NOT!

  • Holly Golightly

    August 12, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    As a friend of said woman, I can attest to the fact that 4 Sarasota Police Department SUVs were sent to her home again last night due to your unexpected arrival Martin Hyde. Unfortunately she did mention to me that she does have concrete evidence in the form of messages sent by you spelling out blackmail.. She was told to lie to both SPD and to Florida politics by retracting her truthful statement, (Which she did tell me scared her as she was not sure that would be a legal thing to do or not). Then you did tell her that you would in fact, do whatever was necessary to ensure that she had legal repercussions if she were not to do as you demanded.
    In reference to these alleged crimes that this woman “committed “, Mr. Hyde may I ask I you a few questions? Number one- if this woman did in fact commit the crimes that you allege, then why are you just now bringing these issues of hers to light and why have you never reported these issues or pressed charges if in fact it happened in the past? A bit coincidental that you only reference these wrongdoings when responding to a statement that she inadvertently gave about you. I
    must say that it seems such an obvious attempt to assassinate the character of the woman referenced.

  • Cassandra Gallagher

    August 13, 2022 at 1:14 am

    If this women truly committed these crimes as you assert Mr. Hyde then I do have the following questions to pose….
    1. If crimes were committed agaisnt you, why had you not reported these issues to the police /or filed any charges?
    2. It seems convienent that the first allegation you ever made of said “crimes” committed by this woman, has occured only in your response to a story that you are disputing, I’m sure that you can see how this could easily be perceived as character assasination of some sort….
    3. If this woman did in fact commit crimes agaisnt you in any way, then why did you not only forego filing any reports, but yet you continued to engage with her on a regular basis, via phone calls, messages and multiple visits to her home?
    As I do know the woman involved, I am aware that you were again at her residence this past Thursday, August 11th, as four SPD SUVs were sent over to her home by a concerned friend as to ensure that the two of you were not involved in any conflict. It seems that you stayed with this “criminal” for a few hours, conversing well into the evening.
    I find it odd that someone of your caliber, Mr. Hyde, would spend hours into the evening, nevermind, any time at all, chatting away with the perpetrator of these supposed crimes agaisnt you and the woman that was visiting you the evening of the supposed “burglary”….
    Perhaps you would be so kind Mr. Hyde, as to clarify just a bit on these items above, as I know, you being the public servant that you are here in Sarasota, would never condone the unwarranted damaging of the reputation of any member of our community… I do look forward to your clarifying this matter, thank you Mr. Hyde! (Ps. I’m still voting for you!)

  • Sun Wun

    August 13, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    This is why people don’t go into politics. We live in a trollish society polluted by a corrupt news media. America is doomed and beyond repair. My advice to Mr. Hyde is cut your losses and forget these losers. Odds are highly likely Putin is going to nuke the United States within the next 6 months anyway. I would just forget about it, and even consider relocating somewhere else away from Florida. You tried, and learned along the way. Mistakes are easy to make in the world of politics. Maybe give it another go somewhere far away from Florida after things cool down.

    • Sun Wun

      August 16, 2022 at 10:50 am

      Maybe even consider legally changing your name for a fresh new start. The snowflakes of today’s doomed America have been brainwashed to despise the John Wayne’s among us. You’ll have to wait until America collapses, then get back into politics. The collapse is soon.

  • Yeah

    August 14, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    He must of had a bad Day

  • Al

    August 14, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Whatever the domestic is it was probably a dating companion bast on q open relationship
    If she was a street phycology her point would of been verified

    • Cassandra Gallagher

      August 14, 2022 at 10:27 pm

      Hi Al, while there are so many misspellings in your comment above, am I to understand that you believe the said woman’s allegations were untrue?
      If so, I do understand, but I will clarify that for you just a bit…..
      1. In re: Open Relationship, this was not the case, as to protect the identity and privacy of all involved, I cannot say much but I will say that there is absolutely no basis on which to conclude that Mr. Hyde engages in “Open Relationships”, quite the contrary but I don’t feel it necessary to explain that further to you as frankly, it is absolutely none of your business.

      2. In re to your ” street phycology” Comment: I’m assuming you did not spell the word you intended to convey correctly as the word “phycology”, is actually defined as the study of algae, also called algology, the study of algae, but moving forward, as far as her point being verified, consider the fact that perhaps someone who’s suicidal may communicate this fact predominately via a conversation, either over the phone or in person, so unless the woman was to wiretap/record conversations as to later prove the suicidal idealations of this gentleman while he was in such a sensitive state, that would be not only horribly unkind and perhaps even dare I say, psychotic, but also I would to pose to you the following for you to consider and see whether you deem any logic in it…
      A woman, let’s even say a brokenhearted, betrayed, bitter woman and to add to this, let’s say the woman is even spiteful, evil, vindictive and full of rage, so with all of that being said, this woman possessing all of the above mentioned traits and feelings, may I ask you what Logic do you, Al, see in her Lying about Suicide? Even on a man that she pathetically may even want revenge on? What could she possibly Gain from such allegations? Honestly, if there were any truth to the suicide concern, then sharing that maliciously should (I would hope) work Agaisnt this woman, as anyone in their right mind would sympathize and feel concerned for said gentleman…. A woman who would create an allegation of that nature (when there are so many other horrible, but much more believeable allegations to fabricate) would be a very sad, cruel and honestly for the sake of being vindictive, she would be an unintelligent woman (in my opinion).

      If one wanted to hurt Martin Hyde with Lies… Why not pull a “Me Too” and allege that he violated her in a certain way? Or State that Mr. Hyde violently attacked her in a physical manner? Honestly, either of those two options should be far more believeable in today’s climate, and would be much more effective in seeking some sort of revenge by a sad spiteful woman…. Perhaps ponder logic next prior to making misspelled comments that only make you appear unitelligent, ignorant and sheltered Al….(TO CLARIFY: EXAMPLES OF VIOLATIONS AND ABUSE ARE ABSOLUTELY NOT AN ASSERTATION, INSINUATION OR SPECULATION OF MARTIN HYDE, ONLY STATED TO MAKE A POINT)

  • Anthony Buda

    August 21, 2022 at 6:20 am

    This dude is a typical over privileged white republican who thinks he’s above the law! Remember republicans traded WEAPONS for COCAINE and introduced COCAINE to AMERICA 🇺🇸 I also hate democrats too!!! Our corrupt 2 party system!!!!

  • S.A.

    August 21, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    I just watched a 16 minute video of this individual bullying, threatening, and lying repeatedly even on camera, while trying to intimidate a female police officer to get out of receiving tickets for speeding, texting while driving and refusing to provide registration despite being asked no less than 7 times for it. He then lied to her colleagues and superior trying to enact vengeance against her, absolutely indignant that she was holding him accountable for breaking the law. What struck me was his utter apathy in not just threatening someone’s livelihood for being lawful, but his compulsion to continue lying even though he was being recorded and the recording showed him over and over to be being deceitful and sneaky. What an abhorrent, repugnant individual. I am a Floridian and will make sure everyone I know watches this video. If he says the sky is blue, question it. After this video leaked and we get a chance to see his immature, disturbing, pathological mindset, I’m pretty positive his ex’s story is the believable one. My god, what a creeper this person is.

  • Genie O'Brien

    August 24, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    How do you rationalize voting for him after all this histrionic violent drama, not only with the ex, but SPD and FBI????
    How???
    >>>>>(Ps. I’m still voting for you!)>>>>>>>>

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