Jon Girodes is a Republican candidate running for Senate in New York’s 30th District.
In October, Girodes sparked a controversy when he told a local news station that he was offering the voters who attend his Harlem rally free KFC, Kool-aid, and watermelon. Harlem is one of the most historic black communities in America
“’What I think is anyone who gives free food to people is doing them a favor,’ Girodes told NBC 4 New York’s I-Team. ‘Get a bunch of people who say it’s offensive and let me go into their neighborhood and give it out for free and see if they take it.’”
Residents were not too pleased with Girodes’ offer. One resident told NBC 4, New York, that if he tried that stunt in Harlem, they would “donate various foots in his ass.”
Karma quickly came back to bite the racist GOP candidate on Friday, as he was arrested and booked at NYPD’s 7th Precinct. Girodes is now facing at least nine separate counts of grand larceny.
While being transported out of the police station in handcuffs on Friday night, Girodes told NBC 4:
“I love the NYPD, and there are two sides to every story.”
One side of that story appears to cast Girodes’ senatorial campaign as a sophisticated front for a rental scam involving a luxury apartment in the Hell’s Kitchen section of New York City.
The candidate allegedly listed the apartment on Craigslist and proceeded to collect deposits from various victims totaling approximately $50,000. He then backed out of the deals while laying the blame on the apartment building owner.
“’The scam is simple: He posts on Craigslist under his name or assumed name saying he’s posting an apartment that’s affordable because that’s his initiative as a public officer,’ attorney Pierre Gooding, who is representing the 10 alleged victims, told NBC 4 New York. ‘The person comes over, he shows them the amenities, wines them and dines them and then takes their money. And then he comes up with various reasons why he won’t return that money.’
‘It’s the same apartment every single time, the same sort of lease structure,’ Gooding added. ‘It’s very obvious that there’s no intent to ever rent out this apartment.’”
Girodes denied the allegations when confronted by NBC 4 New York and claimed that he was the real victim.
“’I was not involved in any scam. I am involved in it as of the people that are trying to scam me,’ he said. ‘I’m the biggest victim ever.’”
While it is unclear if Rikers Island will be serving KFC, Kool-Aid, and watermelon during Mr. Girodes’ visit, his claim of being “the biggest victim ever” could become very well founded.
Bon Appetite Mr. Girodes.
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