According to a personnel memo, Samaroo advised superiors that she was going to resign in two weeks, then told a co-worker she planned to derail some cases before leaving. The office asked her to leave immediately after she dropped one case without consulting her superior, then offered a lenient plea to a suspect with a lengthy criminal history.
For his part, Vereen said he and his campaign did not push Samaroo and Malone to run.
“They filed on their own and I expect they are going to stay in the race and face them in the general election,” Vereen said. “I’ve seen both of them since the campaign started, in passing, and neither one of the stopped to discuss the campaign with me, neither one of them said anything about bowing out of this race if I’m the victor in the primary.”
In his complaint to the Democratic party, Vereen took issue with Fernández Rundle’s website that also noted that that changing political parties “would not obligate you to vote for any other Democratic candidate in future general elections,” a suggestion that Republicans could switch back before the November general election.
“I believe we should sanction, suspend or revoke her membership within” the party, he wrote. “This is an important election year and we need to send a message to our rank and file that the [party] is serious about electing real Democrats.”
Fernández Rundle stood by her website, saying she included the information on party change because angry constituents kept asking how they could vote for her.
“I’m more than comfortable with this,” she said. “Anyone that wants to vote for State Attorney should have that option and I feel strongly about that”
Miami Herald staff writer Marc Caputo contributed to this report.