Renowned socialist Julia Salazar grew up in a succession of sprawling oceanfront homes, enjoying all the advantages of middle class life, from luxury cars and cars to pedigree pets and private schools, DailyMail.com may reveal.
The 27-year-old Democratic candidate for the New York Senate has been detached in recent days after being expelled as a former Republican and accused of faking her difficult immigrant history.
Now, DailyMail.com can reveal the extent of his deception with a series of images documenting Salazar's privileged education in Jupiter's luxurious Florida enclave, where his family built their own four-bedroom home, own boats, a jet ski and rubbed shoulders with celebrities.
It can also be revealed for the first time that Salazar's Colombian father, a commercial and cargo pilot who became a naturalized US citizen years before she was born, flew US troops in the Vietnam War and the First Gulf War.
Luis Hernán Salazar, who died of prostate cancer in 2009, also transported parts of rockets to NASA and met with the legendary aerospace scientist of the space agency Wernher von Braun and Ronald Reagan before becoming president of the United States.
Little humble roots: Democratic Senate candidate for New York, Julia Salazar, has been accused of faking her difficult immigrant story
His older brother Alex Salazar (pictured left with his father Luis) 29, has revealed how they had a middle class education and admits that they had "no fight".
"My father came here in his teens and made a great success of his life, we do not fight at all, his achievements must be celebrated," Salazar's brother, Alex, 29, told DailyMail.com.
"Instead, I have to sit here and listen to lies about who he was and who we are." And we're not talking about airbrushing alone, we're talking directly about lies.
Salazar rose to fame with socialist colleague Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who annoyed Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary by the fourteenth congressional district of New York.
But Salazar's campaign to wrest Martin Dilan's seat from the 18th Senate District in September began to crumble when family members contradicted his claims about growth among working-class poor immigrants.
Initially, the leftist candidate declared that she was born in Colombia before going back and acknowledging that her place of birth was Miami, blaming the "error" on a member of the campaign.
But he continues to claim that he was born into a "working class" family, that he was raised by a single father and that he had to get a job at 14 to make ends meet.
DailyMail.com may reveal that Salazar Christine's father and mother, born and raised in New Jersey, lived in a luxurious five-bedroom house in the Palmetto Bay neighborhood of Miami when her daughter was born in December 1990.
They had a pool, a maid and a comfortable suburban lifestyle, but decided to move because of the high crime rate in Miami, according to Alex.
As children, they lived on a beachfront property in a thriving area of Jupiter, Florida, before their father, earning a six-figure salary as a pilot, bought the empty plot next door and built their own home in 1995 (pictured above). building) )
Alex says that the family had a maid and that she owned three boats, including a jet ski that was big enough to fit the four of them
Julia's brother remembers growing up in an excellent place & # 39; and have a great life & # 39; and have said we were never treated like strangers & # 39;
"It was a nice neighborhood, but my parents did not think it was a good place to raise children," he said.
"My father dreamed of a nice big house in the water and spent a lot of time thinking exactly what it would look like."
That property turned out to be a three-bed property on the banks of the Loxahatchee River on Jupiter, with a pool and dock where they kept several boats and a Yamaha watercraft large enough to seat four people.
But it would only be a temporary home like Luis, earning a six-figure salary as a pilot, bought the empty lot next door and built his own house in 1995.
The four-bedroom, 3,400-square-foot home he created today is worth around $ 1.3 million.
"It was spacious, had at least four bedrooms, a nice big garage, a pool, a boardwalk and a dock," Alex added.
Alex Salazar, 29, has contradicted his sister's claims that they grew up in a working-class family
"The construction probably cost a couple of hundred thousand dollars, and in 1994 that was a lot of money.
"We had three boats, including a jet ski that was big enough to fit the four of us, it was really fun."
The Salazar campaign website continues to affirm that "Julia attended public schools".
But Alex says he began his private education at Jupiter Academy, an elementary school that charged up to $ 8,000 a year for tuition.
He transferred to a gifted program at Independence Public High School before attending Jupiter High School with his older brother. Then he attended Columbia University.
& # 39; We had many friends. I played baseball in the little league. My sister played softball, "Alex recalled.
"Julia was very religious and very involved in the Church, her boyfriend's father was a pastor.
& # 39; We grew up in a great place. We had a great life. We were never treated like strangers. "
Luis Salazar, who moved from Bogotá to Santa Barbara, California as a child in the 1950s, flew around the world on a number of airlines, including World Airlines, TransMeridian Airlines and British Air Cargo.
His work included flying charter flights for the American composer Jimmy Buffett and meeting Reagan in the 1970s when he was the governor of California.
Salazar flew to NASA in a CL44 Guppy, a cargo plane recognizable by its large fuselage, and his airline was hired by the US government to transport troops during the Vietnam War and the first Gulf War.
Luis Hernan Salazar, who died of prostate cancer in 2009, flew on commercial and charter flights and also transported parts of rockets to NASA. He came to the United States as a teenager and became a naturalized citizen before Julia was born. His mother, Christine Crane (right) previously worked as a stewardess for a Pan-Am airline
This is the three-bed townhouse that overlooks Jupiter Inlet, where Julia and Alex moved after their parents' divorce in 1998. They lived next to Mets legend Keith Hernandez.
Salazar has also been criticized for identifying himself as a Jew despite the fact that his mother Christine (pictured above) insists she was baptized as a Catholic and Alex says none of her relatives is Jewish.
In 1986, Luis married Christine Crane, a Pan-Am stewardess from Blairstown, New Jersey, after meeting her through work.
Christine would then become an office manager and a pharmaceutical representative, raising Dalmatians for a secondary activity.
She has an Italian grandmother who emigrated to the United States, but it is believed that the rest of her ancestors came from colonial Britain, according to her son.
Luis also operated an avionics business and aircraft parts with an office in Miami and several employees.
He handled a wide variety of cars, including a Corvette, a Porsche and a Mercedes.
The family would enjoy fishing expeditions, free days to see the Florida Marlins baseball team and vacations at Disney World and Universal Studios.
Alex remembers very few trips to Colombia, however, despite the insistence of her sister-in-law that she was brought up between # & # 39; the United States and the county of Latin America.
"In general, we were not allowed to visit Colombia because my mother said it was too dangerous," Alex explained.
"But we went a couple of times when I was just a little boy." There was perhaps a trip in 1997 or 1998 that she could remember.
"But the family in Colombia is not poor, they have large ranches and a lot of land.
Salazar has been criticized for identifying himself as a Jew despite the fact that his mother, Christine, insisted that she was baptized as a Catholic and Alex claims that none of her relatives is Jewish.
Alex also rejected Julia's claim that she grew up between # 39; I know. UU And Colombia saying that they were only small children because it was too dangerous & # 39;. In the photo at home at Christmas
Alex has criticized how she has played down her father's role in her upbringing, claiming that she was raised by a "single mother." About his father, Luis imagines fishing, which was one of his many passions
Opponents have also pointed out that the graduate of Columbia University registered as a Republican in Florida before doing a political flip flop and declaring himself a socialist after moving to Brooklyn in 2017.
"The Jewish is totally invented," Alex told DailyMail.com. "My father was a conservative, I'm pretty sure my parents were registered Republicans, but we do not discuss any kind of policy at home."
However, what Alex most dislikes about her sister's apparent deception is the way in which she has played down her father's role in her upbringing, claiming that she was raised by a "single mom".
Luis and Christine Salazar divorced in 1998 when their daughter was seven years old and they sold the property in front of the sea.
Christine and the children moved to a nearby townhouse in an exclusive gated development, where her next-door neighbor was former New York Mets player Keith Hernandez.
He still lives in a three-bed property overlooking Jupiter Inlet and is valued at around $ 735,000.
& # 39; Keith was a good neighbor. I remember he introduced us to the late Rusty Stuab, another famous Mets player, "said Alex, owner of a mango growing business.
"It was not a down payment at all, I got a job at Publix when I was 14, but that's because my mother wanted me to learn how to make a living, not because I had to work.
"My mother worked very hard and did a fantastic job raising us, but my father continued to be an important part of my family, she paid alimony, she paid child support.
"When he passed away in 2009, my sister and I were well cared for, we never wanted anything.
Socialist Pin-ups: Julia Salazar (right) ran for a seat in the Senate in New York State hoping to capitalize on the momentum of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won the Democratic primary and who has appeared with her at events campaign
Salazar (pictured with New York governor candidate Cynthia Nixon) faces off against Dilan for eight terms on September 13. Initially he declared that he was born in Colombia before going back and acknowledging that his place of birth was Miami, blaming the "mistake" of a member of the campaign
He added: "My dad loved Colombia, but he was a proud American, and if you asked him to identify where he was from, he would not hesitate to say America.
"It bothers me that he is no longer there to tell his own story.
"I can only speculate on why Julia said these things, I had a conversation with her maybe ten days ago that was not very pleasant.
"I called her, I wanted to understand why all these lies are being told, I think she would have been fine if she had said," Hi, my name is Julia, I'm from Jupiter, Florida ".
A spokesman for the Salazar campaign told DailyMail.com that the accusation of having lied about his Jewish heritage was "odd". because he was converted to Judaism in the university and that has been documented in the press & # 39;
She said of the claims that she is not working-class: "The Daily Mail's own reports indicate that the house in which Julia grew from age seven onwards was purchased for $ 193,000.
"His mother took out a mortgage to pay for it and he has not paid it yet.
& # 39; Julia attended a private elementary school until the third grade, then switched to public school and attended public school through high school & # 39 ;.
The spokesman also challenged the suggestion that Salazar had minimized his father's contribution to his education.
"Julia has always been clear that her father played an important role in her life, but she was raised by her mother who had full custody," she said.
& # 39; Julia's father was a Colombian immigrant and his experience had a profound effect on her. She has never claimed that her mother was an immigrant.
In a statement provided by her campaign, Julia's mother, Christine, added: "The image that Alex has presented is extremely distorted.When my husband and I divorced, our income decreased to $ 30,000 per year as I returned to college while I raised two small children.
& # 39; Julia was only 7 years old when this happened. That movement and the economic difficulties associated with it were eventually followed by his father's debilitating illness, a dismissal from my job and constant job insecurity, and finally the death of his father. This may not be the image that Alex would like to remember, but it is what Julia and I remember.
Salazar faces the eight-time starter, Dilan, on September 13, hoping to emulate Ocasio-Cortez, the socialist pinup whose victory over Crowley caused a stir at the party.
The seat of the 18th Dilan Senatorial District covers parts of the more modern areas of Brooklyn, including Williamsburg and Bushwick, as well as East New York, Brownsville and Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Ocasio-Cortez has campaigned for Salazar this week, but the focus remains on the reliability of statements like: "I'm Colombian, American, but I'm also a Jew."
In a previous interview with the online Jewish magazine Tablet, Alex said that nobody from his immediate family was Jewish, although one of his father's brothers was actually a Jesuit priest.
Salazar has affirmed that his father was of "Sephardic heritage" and that after his death in his adolescence, "he began to deeply explore my religious roots".
He dismissed his critics that people "sought to discredit my conversion and my Jewishness in a misguided attempt to attack my credibility as a progressive candidate."
After it was revealed that Salazar was born in Miami, not in Colombia, her website was updated to say that as the daughter of working class immigrants, Julia was raised by a single mother, attended public schools and started working in a local grocery store. when I was 14 to help make ends meet. "
Now it seems to have been revised to say: "Born into an immigrant family, Julia attended public schools and started working at a local grocery store when she was 14 to help make a living."
DailyMail.com revealed this week that Salazar was embroiled in a bizarre four-year legal battle with Keith Hernandez's ex-wife, Kai, whom he sued for defamation.
Kai, 54, told police in 2010 that Salazar stole his personal information and tried to use it to access his bank account.
She also claimed that Salazar looted $ 11,800 in cash, $ 1,175 in Pottery Barn vouchers and $ 950 in wine while taking care of her house.
The 19-year-old freshman was arrested for criminal use of personal information, but when the cops dismissed the allegations, she returned fire to Kai with a defamation lawsuit.
Salazar also accused Kai of telling the police that he had been having an affair with Keith, Flushing's favorite, who is 37 years older than her, an allegation that Salazar said was not true.
The former first baseman was included on the list as a witness for Salazar when the case was tried in March 2017, but it was resolved at the last moment.
When the case came to light this week, Hernandez denied the romance and his ex-wife denied having said anything about a matter to the police.
Salazar's lawyer, Adam Hecht, said the allegations of theft and fraud were "unfounded" and said the defamation case was settled with a monetary settlement in favor of Julia.