She was expelled as a former Republican and accused of embellishing her radical socialist credentials with tales about her working class, the roots of immigrants.
And now, DailyMail.com may reveal that Julia Salazar, a Democratic Senate candidate for New York, was accused of having an affair with Mets legend Keith Hernandez during a four-year slander battle against her ex-wife.
Keith Hernandez denies that they were lovers and his ex-wife says he never accused him of a love affair.
His ex-wife Kai Hernandez told police in 2010 that Salazar had stolen $ 11,800 in cash, $ 1,175 in Pottery Barn coupons and $ 950 in wine while he was serving her in Jupiter, Florida.
He also said that Salazar, 27, who hopes to overthrow New York state Senator Martin Dilan in the Democratic primary on Sept. 13, stole his personal information and tried to use it to access his bank account.
The Columbia University student was arrested, interrogated and "humiliated" before the cops dismissed the allegations and returned fire to Hernandez, 54, with a defamation lawsuit.
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 was accused of having an affair with Mets star Keith Hernandez, (right) 64, during his divorce from his ex-wife Kai (right) in 2010, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal
Hernandez also accused Salazar of interfering with their marriage and having an affair with Keith, Flushing's favorite, who is 37 years older than her, according to court documents seen by DailyMail.com.
The former first baseman was included in the list as a witness for Salazar when the case was tried in March 2017, however, both parties resolved at the last moment.
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 her claims about her growth among poor, working-class Colombian immigrants have begun to crumble in recent days, and her own relatives have stood up to contradict her.
Salazar has been criticized for identifying herself as a Jew despite the fact that her mother, Christine, insisted that she was baptized as a Catholic and her brother Alex claimed that none of her relatives are Jewish, and her uncle is a priest.
Opponents also point out that she registered as a Republican in Florida before making a political change and declaring herself a socialist after moving to Brooklyn, New York in 2017.
Salazar's extraordinary dispute with Hernandez goes back to 2010 when she was a 19-year-old Columbia University freshman who graduated as the best of her class in high school and Hernandez was divorcing her husband baseball player of five years.
"Keith had known Julia since she was a little girl, Julia considered Keith a father figure," says her December 2013 complaint.
At the time she filed the lawsuit, Salazar lived in her mother's three-bedroom townhouse in an exclusive and exclusive development of a marina in thriving Jupiter, Florida.
Keith Hernandez owned the neighboring house, according to public records. Salazar's mother, Christine, paid $ 194,000 for the fudge property on the banks of the Loxahatchee River in 1998. Now it's worth around $ 735,000.
A spokeswoman for SNY, the Mets-owned sports channel that broadcasts its games and for whom Keith Hernandez has been a longtime commentator, said of the alleged romance at DailyMail.com on Wednesday: "Keith denies the allegations."
Salazar says that when Hernandez asked him to stay home and take care of his dogs for a week in July 2010, he found "drug paraphernalia to include open syringes, guns and 25 Pottery Barn gifts totaling $ 1,175."
Court documents show that Keith, who retired in 1990, had known Salazar since she was a child and had considered him a "father figure." His ex-wife Kai (right) accused her of stealing more than $ 11k in cash and trying to access her bank account with her personal information
Hernandez, who is now a Mets commentator for SNY, had a brief career as an actress and appeared in two episodes of Seinfeld in the 90s.
The lawsuit says he called former Met Keith, 64, for advice. She lived elsewhere, but urged her to "take pictures of the objects found and send her a list of the narcotics."
When Salazar agreed to sit back in the house throughout August 2010, it is said that the two-time World Series champion appeared in his former $ 1.1 million marital home with a lawyer and two officers from the Tequesta Police Department.
"Keith proceeded to have Julia tell the officers about the weapons, the paraphernalia and the gift cards she found in the house," says the suit.
"The officer drafted a report and specifically told Julia that her name would not appear on the report."
The lawsuit alleges that Hernandez, a real estate agent whose first husband, Glenn Thompson, died in the Sept. 11 attacks, was living with a new fiancee who had convictions for fraud and theft.
He filed several "suspect" insurance claims during the summer of 2010, including reports of theft and theft, the lawsuit alleges.
Salazar says that Hernandez and possibly an accomplice "orchestrated a plan whereby a woman who sounded like Julia would try to access Kai's bank account, through the phone at UBS Investment Bank.
This is the old Florida house of Julia Salazar. The Columbia University graduate grew up in a development of a private port in a prosperous area of Jupiter, and public records show that Keith Hernandez owned the adjoining house
Salazar's mother, Christine, paid $ 194,000 in 1998 for the property that is now worth around $ 735,000. Her mother rejected Julia's claims that they were poor or working-class, and revealed that they were economically comfortable
After the execution of his plan, his personal banker contacted Kai, who played a recording of the voice of the woman who allegedly tried to access Kai's account.
"Kai then falsely, maliciously and intentionally alleged that the person trying to access their funds was Julia when she knew it was not like that."
The lawsuit adds that Hernandez then took part in a character murder against Julia by defacing her through false accusations made to the Tequesta Police Department.
Kai falsely accused Julia of trying to access Kai's funds at the UBS Investment Bank.
In addition, Kai used this as an opportunity to allege to the police that Julia had stolen $ 11,800 in cash from her house three months earlier, but that she had never notified any authority regarding this theft.
"Also, Kai also told the Tequesta police that Julia was having an affair with her, that soon she would be her ex-husband Keith, which was not true."
Allegedly driven by Hernandez wanting revenge against Julia for interfering with his affairs and pending divorce, the accusations led to the arrest of Salazar on March 23, 2011.
She said she was "humiliated" when interrogated, handcuffed, printed with fingers and made to pose for the mugshots even though the criminal process was eventually dismissed with prejudice.
Salazar cited the December 16, 2010 statement given to the police by Hernández as evidence that she had made false and defamatory accusations against her.
Hernandez had told the agents that Salazar used his birthplace and social security number when he made the "phishing call" to his bank, but he took off when he could not tell which high school he attended.
Salazar, who hopes to overthrow Sen. Martin Dilan in the Democratic primary on Sept. 13, had been campaigning as a democratic socialist and claiming to be a Colombian Jewish immigrant. The members of her family recently came forward to contradict her
Salazar's mother, Christine (top left) and her brother Alex (top right), revealed that she actually grew up as a Catholic in Miami. Her mother is a citizen born in the USA. And his father, who died in 2009, was born in Colombia but became a naturalized citizen before he was born.
When his personal banker reproduced the call, he told the cops that he immediately recognized Salazar who had been his caretaker at the same time $ 11,800 in cash and $ 1,175 in Pottery Barn gift cards and approximately. $ 950 in wine disappeared. & # 39;
In an affidavit of probable cause, Detective C Weinblatt also noted: "I was also able to determine immediately that the voice on the three (3) recorded recordings was that of the definition."
Refuting the defamation complaint, Hernández argued that there was no evidence of any kind on an orchestrated plan to harm Salazar and that the statements given to police officers during the investigations have a legal privilege.
She was able to convince a judge twice to dismiss the case, but each time Salazar resubmitted the complaint before it was eventually included in the jury trial, four years after submitting the documents.
On March 22 of last year, however, he was abruptly dismissed for good, with documents presented in court suggesting that the two parties had been "amicably resolved" and agreed to their own costs.
Kai Hernandez told DailyMail.com that she never accused her ex-husband Keith of having an affair, insisting that the lawsuit came from Salazar's side of the litigation.
"I have no comments other than the fact that I never made a complaint about a romance between Julia Salazar and my ex-husband at any time, nowhere, in any statement, neither verbal nor written," he said.
"When Julia Salazar and her lawyer alleged in 2013 that I made that statement, it was completely false."
Salazar's lawyer, Adam Hecht, said in a statement to DailyMail.com: "The rare and fraudulent attempts of Kai Hernández to defame and victimize Julia were recognized as unfounded by the authorities, who refused to press charges, and this matter it was resolved with a monetary agreement in favor of Julia.
"We do not have more comments on this."
A year after the installation, Salazar, based in Brooklyn, has shifted his attention to socialist politics and his efforts to overthrow state senator Dilan, an eight-term incumbent.
The seat covers parts of the hippest areas of Brooklyn, including Williamsburg and Bushwick, as well as East New York, Brownsville and Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Salazar was also declared a registered Republican in Florida before registering as a Democrat in 2017
It is close, though not overlapping, with the seat in the New York Congress won by Ocasio-Cortez, the socialist pinup whose victory over Joe Crowley in the Democratic primaries sent shock waves through the match.
Ocasio-Cortez has campaigned for her, including at an event in Williamsburg this week.
But Salazar's focus has been on the reliability of his autobiography.
"I am Colombian, American, but I am also a Jew," he said during a recorded campaign event.
Alex Salazar later told the online Jewish magazine Tablet that no one in his immediate family was Jewish, although one of his father's brothers was actually a Jesuit priest.
"My father was not Jewish, they did not raise us as Jews," he insisted.
She states that her father was of "Sephardic heritage" and that after his death, when he was 18 years old, "he began to deeply explore my religious roots".
She said raising questions about whether she was Jewish "sought to discredit my conversion and my Jewishness in a wrong attempt to attack my credibility as a progressive candidate."
Salazar said he was born in Colombia in an interview with the podcast of Chapo Trap House, but admitted that it was a mistake, blaming a member of the campaign, when his birthplace revealed itself as Miami.
Her biography was updated to say that, as "daughter of working-class immigrants, Julia was raised by a single mother, attended public schools and started working at a local grocery store when she was 14 to help make a living" .
Later it was learned that while her late father, Luis Hernán Salazar, came to the United States from Colombia, she became a naturalized citizen before she was born. He was an airline pilot.
His mother was not an immigrant but was born in the United States.
In additional interviews with City & State, Alex and Christine Salazar rejected claims that they were poor or working class, and revealed that they were economically comfortable and lived in a large house in a prosperous city facing the ocean.
And although Salazar was raised by a single mother after her parents divorced in the late 1990s, they said her pilot father had already set aside money for her college education thanks to her six-figure salary.
He also paid child support until his death in 2009.
"We were very middle class, we had a house on Jupiter along the river, it was in a beautiful neighborhood," Alex told the New York-based publication.
"I'm sorry for my family and I want to tell the truth."