The unidentified Haitian man first dropped by her house Monday asking about if the blank ballots had arrived. They hadnt, so he said he would return, said Brockington, a mother of seven and grandmother of 10.
He came back after dinner Wednesday, with Brady, she said.
He said he was friends with Jimmie, Brockington said, referring to the councilman. I always vote for him.
Brady, 31, initially told two reporters from the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald who visited his Florida City home Friday that the Haitian man whom he identified as Emmanuel told him they should go to Brockingtons home because the family had received their blank ballots.
But then Brady denied going to the house at all.
We didnt fill out ballots, said Brady, a project manager for a roofing company who ran unsuccessfully for a Florida City Commission seat in 2010 and 2012. I was not on her porch. I was not at her house.
He claimed that he and the other man worked for Bells campaign through another man named Tyrone who ran a campaign operation out of a Homestead church.
Brady could not name the church, and two churches near the intersection he identified were padlocked Friday.
Later in the day, when a reporter was interviewing Bell in his campaign headquarters, Brady showed up and pretended not to know which Tyrone the reporter was talking about.
You all know a Tyrone? I dont know a Tyrone, Brady said.
Bell said he hired Brady directly. Campaign finance reports show Bell paid Brady $1,560 between Sept. 7 and Oct. 11.
Bell maintained that his campaign would not fill out voters ballots or collect them.
Nobody on this team would do that, he said in an interview at his campaign headquarters. They know the laws. They know what the rules are. My guys know. They dont do anything illegal.
But Brockington said she felt duped and hoped her family would get a chance to cast ballots for their preferred candidates. In that case, the Miami-Dade elections department would have to receive the tainted ballots and flag them, and a canvassing board would have to throw them out.
Can we do ours over? Because we dont know what he put on there, she said. You dont take advantage of people like that. You dont pick who I vote for.