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Monday, May 02, 2022

THE NAME GAME ... PART TWO ... BRENDA GITCHEV GUERRERO ...

BREAKING NEWS BY RUMPOLE: THE SUPREME COURT IS CIRCULATING A MAJORITY OPINION BY JUSTICE ALITO REVERSING ROE: "ROE WAS EGERGIOUSLY WRONG FROM THE START." 

More to follow on this important issue. 

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

THE NAME GAME ..... PART TWO

BUT FIRST AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

FACDL-Miami is hosting a JUDICIAL CANDIDATES TOWN HALL on Tuesday, May 3rd, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. The event can be seen on Zoom at the following link: Click this link on May 3 to join the forum (Meeting ID: 943 189 3869 Passcode 378486). The event is co-sponsored by several voluntary bar associations).

Last week we introduced you to Teressa (Tess) Tylman who transformed from Anglo to Hispanic overnight when she decided to run for Circuit Court Judge in Miami-Dade County under the name Teressa Cervera.

Last Friday we were emailed an intercepted communication between candidate Tylman (Cervera) and another candidate for Circuit Court Judge, Brenda Gitchev Guerrero.* Ms. Gitchev Guerrero filed to run in Group 20 against Incumbent Judge Robert Watson.

[Rumpole notes- the conversation which is a satire and NOT REAL is listed below. We do not have Title III powers, and do not intercept communications.]

First, a bit of a background on Ms. Gitchev Guerrero.  Unlike Ms. Tylman, she did not magically become Hispanic overnight. Brenda Liz Guerrero was born in Puerto Rico. She married Veselin Gitchev (from Bulgaria) in 1997. She then began using the name Brenda Gitchev Guerrero. Nothing wrong with that.

Ms. Gitchev Guerrero became a member of The Florida Bar in 2005. She is a former ASA where she worked in the Child Support Division. She currently owns her own practice specializing in family law. She incorporated with the Florida Department of Corporations in 2017 using the name Law Office of Brenda Gitchev Guerrero, PLLC. She is listed with The Florida Bar as attorney Brenda Gitchev Guerrero and she uses the email address of brenda@gitchevguerrerolaw.com. She has a Voter ID card under the name Brenda Gitchev.

On January 21, 2022, she filed her initial paperwork to run for Circuit Court Judge in Group 20. She filed under the name Brenda Gitchev Guerrero. She then proceeded to submit additional paperwork to the Division of Elections:

Statement of Candidate, filed 1/21/22, under the candidate name Brenda Gitchev Guerrero

Statement of Candidate for Judicial Office, filed 1/21/22, under the candidate name Brenda Gitchev Guerrero

Candidate Appointment of Campaign Treasurer, filed 1/21/22, under the candidate name Brenda Gitchev Guerrero (name used three times in this filing)

Amended Candidate Appointment of Campaign Treasurer, filed 1/24/22, under the candidate name Brenda Gitchev Guerrero (name used three times in this filing)

Financial Disclosure, filed on 4/26/22, electronically signed using the name Brenda Gitchev Guerrero

Candidate’s Checking Account opened under the name Brenda Gitchev Guerrero Campaign Account and filing fee check filed on 4/26/22 using the name Brenda Gitchev Guerrero.

Then, on 4/27/22, last Wednesday, Ms. Gitchev Guerrero, filed her Candidate Oath, where she asked that her name on the ballot read, drum roll please, Brenda Guerrero.  As we said at the top of this story. This is not Tylman becomes Cervera. Brenda Guerrero was born with that name. But, Ms. Guerrero was officially running for Judge for 115 days under the candidate name Brenda Gitchev Guerrero. She has held herself out in the legal community for 17 years as Brenda Gitchev Guerrero. Then, on day 116 of her campaign, she requested to have her name placed on the ballot as Brenda Guerrero.

Oh yeah, one more note. Last Friday, (two days after she decided to run as Brenda Guerrero), when Brenda Gitchev Guerrero renewed her Florida Corporation with Sunbiz, she electronically signed as both officer and registered agent under the name Brenda Gitchev Guerrero.

RUMPOLE NOTES: WARNING SATIRE TO FOLLOW

*Here is just part of that intercepted conversation:

Teressa Tylman Cervera (TTC): Hi, is this Brenda Gitchev Guerrero?

Brenda Gitchev Guerrero (BGG): Yes it is, who is this?

TTC: Hi, you don’t know me, my name is Tess Tylman, I mean Tess Cervera and I am running for Circuit Court Judge. I am challenging an Incumbent named Lody Jean. I see you are running against Robert Watson.

BGG: Yes, that’s true. It’s nice to meet you Tess Tylman

TTC: Cervera. You mean Cervera.

BGG: Oh yes, sorry about that.

TTC: Listen, Brenda, if I may call you that. I hope you don’t mind if I extend just one word of advice to you about running for judge.

BGG: No, go right ahead. One word though?

TTC: GUERRERO.

BGG: Excuse me Tess?

TTC: GUERRERO.

BGG: I don’t quite understand.

TTC: Your name. It’s not Brenda Gitchev Guerrero, it’s Brenda Guerrero. Got it.

BGG: Ah yes, I got it Tess. Mucha suerte en la campaña. adiós

TTC: Huh, what did you say?

BGG: Mucha suerte en la campaña. adiós. It’s Spanish for Best of luck on the campaign. Goodbye.

TTC: Sorry, I don’t speak Spanish. Goodbye.**

**The preceding conversation was all in jest, all satire, and never actually took place.

Buena suerte a todos los candidatos en la campaña.


CAPTAIN OUT .......
Captain4Justice@gmail.com


15 comments:

Anonymous said...

more racism from the blog.

Anonymous said...

Ehh who cares.. she's Hispanic and doesn't want people incorrectly thinking she's Russian with that Gitchev name. And your attempt at humor was just brutal. Leave the imaginary conversations to Rumpole.

Anonymous said...

Gitchev sounds like a Russian name, which would be quite unpopular nowadays.

Anonymous said...

Also, per financials, yet another mediocre lawyer running for judge for a pay raise. Yay!

Anonymous said...

Funniest and saddest post of the year. Sad because the state of our election of judges just keeps getting worse and worse. They have no shame. It’s so blatant but thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Anonymous said...

The quadrennial whining about Hispanic-named candidates running against non-Hispanic-named candidates, or even (gasp) emphasizing or embellishing their Hispanic names, is so pointless. They do it because it works. That's the system. It's been the system forever. It's the system that every judge who is currently on the bench signed up for and if they were appointed their ability to hobnob with the right people at the right Federalist Society functions is hardly a better indicator of quality judicial performance than someone else's ability to milk a Hispanic last name.

Generally the judges that get opposition are not the "cream of the crop" and that is the case this year also. Really good judges have the ability to not get opposition through fundraising and support from the legal community. Nushin Sayfie, who has certainly the least electable name or frankly ethnic background of anyone on the bench, has been there since 2007 and is the chief judge. Why? Almost everyone likes her, she works hard and is clearly and obviously good at the job, she raises a ton of money every cycle, and anyone who did run against her would be ostracized by the entire bench and bar.

Anonymous said...

Teressa Tylman is covering her -ss. She just changed the Resident Agent name or her corporation from Tylman to Cervera.

Anonymous said...

To 8:10. And Tylman and others like her should be ostracized by the legal community as well. If that’s what you have to do to hoodwink the voter then you don’t belong on the bench.

Anonymous said...

8:10. You mean like Rosy Aponte against Tunis. You certainly don’t think that Dava wasn’t qualified and didn’t work hard to be ousted by Rosy. I don’t know all the judges that have opposition this cycle but I am very familiar with lody j and Jeff k. Both good judges and hard working. They have opposition bc they don’t have Hispanic names.

Anonymous said...

So now we're complaining that an obvious Hispanic woman is using the name she was born with? Seriously? Good to know the old white man guard is maintaining election integrity.

Don't know Watson other than his ties to the Federalist society.

I've known Brenda since her days at the SAO. She's a good person and a good lawyer. She'd make a great judge. She has my support.

Anonymous said...

There were a lot of things that you may not know about Dava T. Yes I do in fact think she was not qualified. Aponte may not be qualified either, I have never been in front of her, don't know her, couldn't pick her out of a lineup, so have no personal basis to say either way.

Anyway, trial judges are elected in this state. It's in the Constitution. All the complaints about mean nothing. Nobody has the right to be a judge. And I happen to think elections are a better system than having Desantis/the Federalist Society pick every judge.

Lady Marmalade said...

Gitchev, Gitchev, ya-ya, da-da (hey, hey, hey)
Gitchev, Gitchev, ya-ya, here (here)
Mocha Chocolata, ya-ya (ooh, yeah)
Creole Lady Marmalade!

Anonymous said...

A non-Hispanic candidate trying to pass as Hispanic is totally different from a Hispanic candidate emphasizing the dact that she is Hispanic. The blog can sometimes get really ridiculous like when it accused Denise Martinez-Scanziani of playing the name game when she and her husband are both Hispanic.

Anonymous said...

11:48 I disagree with your contention that Dava T was not qualified. But let’s assume that she wasn’t (admittedly something changed about her dealing with jack Thompson, if I recall correctly), at the end it was a binary choice and we were better off with her than Rosy).

Anonymous said...

Rosy is an absolute nut. Drop in on her Zoom hearings. Has her staff auto signing every order.