She claims that she does everything through “the prism of being Mom”… even defending a child predator.
By Jacob Engels
According to newly obtained court records, former Congresswoman and leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham was involved in bargaining a plea deal for a man who preyed on 12-year-old girls running a neighborhood lemonade stand.
The story plays out like a scene from a movie: it’s mid-afternoon on Shady Oaks Drive, a street lined with middle-class suburban homes in Florida’s Capital City. Four 12-year-old girls have gotten permission from their parents to set up a lemonade stand.
Enter Michel Foshee.
Foshee, a middle-aged man, approaches the preteen girls to buy a glass of lemonade and proceeds to take their photos without permission. He then allegedly asks them to expose their breasts. The girls run away screaming and Foshee is later arrested after his vehicle and tag number are identified in the area.
Upon arrest, Michel Foshee was charged with felony lewd and lascivious conduct. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham, who has campaigned on the platform of being a #MeToo candidate, was a member of the legal team who pled his felony sex offense to a misdemeanor with no sexual motivation.
Graham’s advocacy ensured Foshee was not required to add his name to Florida’s sex offender registry, despite a history of sexually predatory behavior. Months before he visited the lemonade stand on Shady Oaks Drive, Foshee followed a young girl into the bathroom of a Tallahassee-area Barnes & Noble bookstore and attempted to take obscene photos. He was tackled to the ground and detained, but never charged.
Graham has downplayed her involvement, as have the members of the Dobson, Davis & Smith defense team. But her name appears on Clerk of Court records showing she was a member of the defense, and what appears to be Graham’s signature can be found on court minutes from a scheduling hearing.
Whether Graham represented Foshee for a day, a week, or a year, her advocacy on behalf of an accused child predator may affect her chances of becoming Florida’s first female Governor. Graham’s team successfully pled Foshee’s initial felony sex offense down to a misdemeanor charge of “contributing to the delinquency of a minor” – a charge that appears to place some blame on the 12-year-old child victims.
With only a week left in the primary campaign, the unearthed documents send a jolt through the Graham campaign. Graham has positioned herself as a #MeToo candidate who does “everything” through “the prism of being a mom,” but her defense of Foshee complicates that narrative. Graham has been neck-and-neck in a string of recent polls with former Mayor of Miami Beach Philip Levine, followed by billionaire Jeff Greene in third.
In many circles, Gwen is considered to be the presumed nominee, but few things revile voters more than candidates or officials who appear to be soft on child predators. With DeSantis linking himself directly to Trump, Democrats are sure to attack the pair on moral issues in the general election— now Republicans may plan to use that same attack on Graham.
This newest revelation follows a series of questions concerning her refusal to oppose the building of the American Dream MegaMall development – a miniature city being built on the edge of the Everglades that Graham has a stake in through her family’s company.
Environmentalists unanimously oppose the megamall’s development, but Graham has received the support of the Everglades Trust and beloved environmentalist Jimmy Buffet in her quest to become the next Governor of Florida. Labor group UNITE HERE has also attacked Graham over her involvement in the megamall.
Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, Fox News, and Australia’s New Dawn Magazine. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.