The Washington Post reports:
Twelve years before she was elected as the first Mexican American woman to represent Florida in Congress, Anna Paulina Luna was serving at Whiteman Air Force Base in Warrensburg, Mo., where friends said she described herself as alternately Middle Eastern, Jewish or Eastern European. Known then by her given last name of Mayerhofer, Luna sported designer clothing and expressed support for then-President Barack Obama.
By the time she ran for Congress as a Republican, she had changed her last name to Luna in what she said was an homage to her mother’s family. A staunch advocate for gun rights, she cited on the campaign trail a harrowing childhood that left her “battle hardened.” She said she and her mother had little extended family as she grew up in “low-income” neighborhoods in Southern California with a father in and out of incarceration. She said she experienced a traumatizing “home invasion” when she was serving in the Air Force in Missouri.
Read the full article. As you’ll see, there’s no record of her father being imprisoned and that home invasion was a simple burglary with nobody at home. There’s much, much more, including an apparent invention of Jewish heritage among other Santos-like embellishments.
Inventing Anna…. Paulina Luna. Our dive on the GOP darling who some old friends & family say has cherry picked & embellished parts of her past to craft her political persona. With @alice_crites: https://t.co/YBzo8wawZU
— Jacqueline Alemany (@JaxAlemany) February 10, 2023
Rep Anna Paulina Luna said that her father was a “messianic Jew,” which some family members dispute, and that she has Ashkenazi heritage. Her grandfather appeared to have served in the Nazi army while a young man in Germany. @JaxAlemany https://t.co/qfY2PypSPp
— Liz Goodwin (@lizcgoodwin) February 10, 2023
Bombshell @JaxAlemany investigation: The making of Anna Paulina Luna. Turns out her isolated childhood, political leanings, and Hispanic heritage are news to her friends and familyhttps://t.co/Gna9nqhiMo
— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) February 10, 2023
Stop me if this is familiar.
A Dem leaves his swing seat—redrawn to be tougher—for a quixotic gubernatorial bid. The GOPer who lost in 2020, a young conservative trying to make history, runs again, highlighting their biography. But all is not as it seems.https://t.co/p23MKz47Nx
— Jacob Rubashkin (@JacobRubashkin) February 10, 2023
I’ll be honest, even I didn’t have ‘grandkid of an actual Nazi’ on my House GOP bingo card for 2023:https://t.co/zlNjHBhuYd
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 10, 2023