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GOP Candidate Peter Vivaldi Caught Lying About Felony Arrest


Peter Vivaldi

Peter Vivaldi


The following post should serve as a lesson of what not to do for anyone thinking about running for elected office.

Embattled congressional candidate Peter Vivaldi is watching his fledgling campaign crumble, as a result of the clownish and self-inflicted political moves he continues to make.

As many of you will remember, the Shark Tank posted the story ‘outing’ Vivaldi 1989 felony arrest, and we followed that story up with the recently uncovered fact Vivaldi purposely lied on an application to be appointed to a vacant seat on the Orange County Commission back in 2011.

Vivaldi recently interviewed with the Spanish language edition of the Orlando Sentinel, El Sentinel, where he continued to deceive readers about the truth behind his checkered past, and has reverted to the desperate attempt of blaming the Shark Tank for his woes.

Peter Vivaldi's 1989 Felon Arrest Mugshot

Peter Vivaldi’s 1989 Felon Arrest Mugshot

The interview was conducted in Spanish. Here are excerpts of the Google translated text from the El Sentinel story.

In the article entitled “Felony Arrest Haunts GOP Candidate Peter Vivaldi” Manjarres published, among other things, the photo of Vivaldi at the time of his arrest and an extract from the public record stating that the September 8, 1989 Vivaldi was stopped by Orlando Police driving with clapboard (plate) up, and subsequently arrested on a charge of issuing a check invalid.

Vivaldi does not deny what happened. But advocates ensuring that was an isolated incident that occurred more than 26 years, and that information, in addition to being available online, it could only have been obtained by someone really interested in “pop” that story for political gain.

“To create this story, they [The Shark Tank] had to come here [to the city of Orlando] records request, sign, pay and do a whole research [research] of me … And it seems that as they have a solid platform, looked this way to me out of the race, “said Vivaldi.

Yes, the Shark Tank conducted a public record search online and discovered the felony arrest, among other items that were in his public record, and then did what most legitimate reporters do, follow up and obtain any and all pertinent information, including Vivaldi’s mug shot, which was used in the original story.

Vivaldi also said he was sorry and aware that the story about his past would come out eventually, however, he was surprised that what he calls “the dirty war”, came from people within the Republican Party.

“I thought Grayson, who obviously has attacked everyone, I would me in the general election, but in the primaries never expected,” he continued. “I can not accuse the Republican Party, this is simply a person who is attached to one of the candidates in the primary adverse me”.

Vivaldi acknowledges the fact that he knew about all of this ‘shortcomings’ before he decided to run, bringing up the question, why would he even consider running for any public office with so much baggage, especially against  someone like Grayson, who would obviously use this information against him and the Republican Party?

Manjarres’s blog published a second article accusing Vivaldi also of lying under oath in the office of Gov. Charlie Crist in 2010, denying his arrest in 1989 while answering a questionnaire to fill the chair of District 3 in Orange County , after the suspension of Mildred Fernandez for the corruption case.

“When I saw [the question about the arrest] I considered it a felony [felony], I have never committed a felony , and this incident happened many years ago that I remember, “replied Vivaldi.

“The Shark Tank” in Articles 20 referred to other disputes, and closed, which is attributed to the candidate from 1984-2013, which include foreclosures, breach of contract and eviction of a property, among others.

The sad fact is, Vivaldi has been caught lying, again. Mr. Vivaldi was in fact arrested and charged under Florida Statute 832.05, which is a third degree felony. Below is a screen capture of the actual “Register of Actions” where Defendant Peter Vivaldi was charge with the “Third Degree-Felony.” This information can be found at


Vivaldi states that he saw and read the question about being arrested, and thought they were asking if he was ever arrested for a felony. If Vivaldi can’t even read a simple application and questionnaire correctly, how will he convince voters that he will read and understand the complex congressional bills that govern Americans?

Here is the exact wording of question #14 of the questionnaire Vivaldi submitted to the governor’s office. You be the judge.

“Have you ever been arrested, charged, or indicted for violation of any federal, state, county or municipal law, regulation, or ordinance?

Peter A Vivaldi App_Redacted vivaldi-pdf-1

Vivaldi’s sad run is over, and he knows it. Carol Platt and Jorge Bonilla are by far  better and more electable candidates in this race. If Vivaldi continues to campaign (which I suspect he will) expect him to try to run a scorched earth campaign, that will utterly embarrass himself.

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • John Henke

    Politicians can’t lie about themselves because all will be exposed by Election Day; (unless you happen to be the machines appointee for president, then nobody will ever know anything about you.) No, politicians can only lie about how useful they will be to the voters one they get into office.

  • Virgilio Alvarez

    Is anyone surprised?
    Marco Rubio may not have as bad a record as Vivaldi, but he sure knows how to lie and get unsuspecting voter’s money and then do the old bait-and-switch when he gets elected.
    If anyone cares to check, Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart, also “conservative darlings” of the Cuban-American community, have voted nearly as conservative as Wasserman-Schultz. Something about these compound last names? Rodham-Clinton anyone?
    Anyway, you can check their record in the Heritage Foundation’s congressional voting score card. It is not fiction. Ileana and Mario could easily swap heir last names in the list and you would not know it be seeing how they vote with the liberals.

  • Pamela S.

    Bonilla has been the only candidate that has consistently gone after Grayson.

    He is the only candidate in this race, as far as I am concerned.

  • cindy

    Ok, I got 2 important points from this story.
    #1- Mr. Vivaldi is obviously in the wrong party. The liars belong in the democrat party.
    #2-speaking of changing parties, it seems that Charlie Crist did not do due diligence and check the background of Vivaldi when he applied for a political appointment. So kudos, Javier, you have shown us that you have more common sense than narci-crist- I never doubted that for a minute :) In light of that, Charlie might want to change his campaign slogan about bringing Florida back to common sense.

    • Rich

      Only Democrats lie, eh?
      Let’s discuss the WMD and the Bush regime excuses (lie) to go to war with Iraq, OK?

  • tyson


    I would suggest you show a little compassion. Everyone has a past and I doubt you would appreciate it if any of your coke head friends of the past were to come forth…

    • Javier Manjarres

      So, you are saying that I have friends that are under the influence of Cocaine? Can you please name a few of these friends, or are you just talking out of your ass?

  • Perseids

    This used to be called vetting the individual/candidate. It is troubling that he got as far as he did. It would seem a normal process of Government one would hope. At the very least the Governors office should do this with all such appointment candidates automatically. But to be fair that was during Charlies reign and it involved Orange County home of the pathetically incompetent briber Mildred Fernandez. The fact that any aspiring politician would lie should not be a shock these days but being that stupid is a big red flag.
    That is why the 4th estate exists. They pick up the slack and keep us on the ball. Way to go!

  • tyson

    Go back in time Javi, just like you did with the target of your story.

  • Ed D

    I know you may be too slow to know, but there is a difference between an arrest and a conviction. Plus, if he wasn’t guilty, and didn’t pay a fine, then he didn’t lie.

    • Javier Manjarres

      Yes, he was arrested, and not convicted, He wasn’t convicted because he admitted his wrong. He paid court costs and fines, and paid probation. Its all public record

  • Denny

    He seems more like a Democrap. Just sayin…

    • Rich

      So, only Democrats “break the law”, eh?
      Are you that big of a dimwit…………’s just a quick list I found of goper’s that got popped:

      “Topeka mayor William Bunten, 74, is the nation’s highest-ranking Republican official not facing indictment or public reprimand.”

      They weren’t far off. The number of Republicans arrested, indicted, or admitting misdeeds is astounding. Below is, at best, a partial list. But it really is jaw-dropping when you see it listed one after the other after the other.

      Use the comments to post additional listings of Republicans misdeeds. Maybe somebody enterprising can start a searchable online record!

      And Republicans suggest that they are the Party of family values and law & order? At least they have a sense of irony.

      [Check below for the list, in reverse-chronological order.]

      March 27, 2007: Ronald Reagan’s budget director, David Stockman, “indicted on charges of defrauding investors and banks of $1.6 billion while chairman of Collins & Aikman Corp., an auto parts maker that collapsed days after he quit”

      March 27, 2007: Criminal charges filed against Pennsylvania State Senator Robert Regola (R-Hempfield) in connection with the death of a teenage neighbor who was shot with the senator’s gun; he is accused of three counts of perjury, allowing possession of a firearm by a minor, recklessly endangering another person and false swearing

      March 23, 2007: Former Deputy Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles, an oil and gas lobbyist who became an architect of George W. Bush’s energy policies, pleads guilty to obstructing justice by lying to a Senate committee

      March 8, 2007: Former U.S. Congressman and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich admits to extramarital affair

      March 6, 2007: I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney (R-Dante’s Inferno) found guilty of obstruction of justice and perjury

      January 29, 2007: Republican former Jefferson County, Colorado, Treasurer Mark Paschall indicted on two felony charges “in connection with an allegation that Paschall solicited a kickback from a bonus he awarded one of his employees”

      January 23, 2007: Republican radio personality Scott Eller Cortelyou of Denver arrested on suspicion of using the Internet to lure a child into a sexual relationship

      December 8, 2006: Alaska Republican State Representative Thomas Anderson indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of extortion, conspiracy, bribery, and money laundering

      November 29, 2006: Washington-state Republican activist Larry Corrigan arrested “in an Internet sting for allegedly trying to arrange sex with a 13-year-old girl”

      November 28, 2006: U.S. Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-San Diego) pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion, and a separate tax-evasion violation for failing to disclose income in 2004

      November 12, 2006: Minnesota State Representative Mark Olson (R-Big Lake) arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse

      October 14, 2006: Kurt Zuttermeister, Republican candidate for the Hawaii state House, arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without a valid driver’s license; it was his third drunk driving arrest since 1997 and he was found guilty in the earlier cases

      October 13, 2006: Congressman Bob Ney (R-OH) pleads guilty to taking bribes in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling scandal

      October 4, 2006: U.S. Congressman Don Sherwood (R-PA) admits to cheating on his wife, though he denies having abused his mistress, which she has alleged

      September 29, 2006: Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) resigns from the U.S. Congress following reports he sent sexually inappropriate e-mails to underage male congressional interns

      September 27, 2006: Colorado Republican activist Randal D. “Randy” Ankeney arrested for “five counts of sexual assault on a child, three counts of sexual enticement of a child and one count of sexual exploitation of a child”

      August 25, 2006: Shirley Ward, president of the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women, arrested on charges of voter fraud by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

      July 24, 2006: Republican Green Oaks, Illinois, Mayor Tom Adams charged with distributing child pornography over the Internet

      July 20, 2006: Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Albertini arrested on suspicion of public intoxication

      May 11, 2006: Governor Ernie Fletcher (R-KY) indicted on three misdemeanor charges of conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination

      April 19, 2006: Former North Carolina Republican Party Chair, Sam Currin, indicted on seven felony charges, including tax conspiracy, witness tampering and perjury

      March 1, 2006: Matthew R. Sisk, a member of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee, arrested for drunk driving

      January 3, 2006: Republican mega-fundraiser Jack Abramoff pleads guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials

      December 16, 2005: James Tobin, regional political director to the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the 2002 election, convicted of “two telephone harassment charges for his role in a phone-jamming plot against New Hampshire Democrats on Election Day 2002”

      October 27, 2005: Ohio Republican Party Fundraiser Tom Noe indicted for “allegedly making illegal campaign contributions using conduit contributors”

      September 28, 2005: U.S. Congressman and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) indicted “on a conspiracy charge stemming from a long-running campaign finance investigation”

      September 18, 2005: Republican Oswego, New York, Mayor John Gosek is “confined to his house after being arrested on a charge of using a telephone to solicit sex from a minor”

      August 17, 2005: Republican Ohio Governor Bob Taft indicted on “four criminal misdemeanor counts for failing to report a series of golf outings, dinners and other gifts”

      July 11, 2005: Kentucky’s Republican Party chairman and two state officials indicted “on charges alleging they conspired to violate state personnel laws” – “Basil Turbyfill is in charge of filling political positions for Fletcher, and Bob Wilson is part of the governor’s Personnel Cabinet. GOP Chairman Darrell Brock was director of local government in Fletcher’s office before he took the party job this year.”

      May 19, 2005 (in PDF): Michael Tristano, former Chief of Staff to Illinois State Representative and House Republican Leader Lee A. Daniels (R-Elmhurst), indicted on federal fraud, theft and extortion conspiracy charges

      September 21, 2004: Three aides to U.S. Congressman and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) indicted “on charges of illegally raising political funds from corporations in 2002, much of which was funneled into the Republican takeover of the Texas legislature” – the three indicted were DeLay political aide Jim Ellis, fundraiser Warren RoBold and John Colyandro, the executive director of DeLay’s political action committee, Texans for a Republican Majority

      • Carlos

        Hey Rich, can you do some research and give us a list of Democrats who broke the law? I think we deserve equal time!(LOL)

  • dave

    Isnt the other guy running , bonilla, an ex shark tank contributor? That doesn’t seem like fair journalism…

    • Javier Manjarres

      This story is about Vivaldi and the newly discovered fact that he lied on an application. Story does not promote Bonilla or Platt, the other candidate in that race.

      • dave

        How convenient that you are “finding out” dirt on vivaldi. Have you ever written anything negative about bonilla? I can’t help but assume that you have a conflict of interest in this race, considering he use to blog for you and his election would provide you with more access to gov’t officials

  • Rose

    Once a LIAR always a LIAR! Are you sure this guy is not a Democrat?

  • Carlos

    OH WOW! What do you know! VIVALDI IS HUMAN! This is great! I can vote for someone who has bounced a check and faced eviction, was arrested because a mega monster institution accused him of something, he repented, paid his debt to society and kept on moving forward. You guys have anything new on him? Sounds like he is just a regular guy like the rest of us. We ain’t perfect, but we keep on getting up and doing better for ourselves. My kind of guy. Will vote for him rather than for any of the other “Perfect Polititians”

    • Javier Manjarres

      Sad.Your Pal Vivaldi lied on an application, that is what matters,not the actual arrest or his other shortcomings

      • Carlos

        Very Sad. St. Peter, the apostle lied when he denied Jesus. Abraham, the Father of the Faith, lied to the egyptians when he told them Sarah was his sister when in fact she was his wife. King David lied about his affair. There are many other examples of great men who lied, but then changed their ways and became great leaders. They just needed to be given the opportunity rather than being judged by past misdeeds.

  • Lebron!!

    Ok Let’s get this Straight!!
    Jorge Bonilla hired Javier Manjarres to be his puppeteer which
    you Mr. Javier have been arrested as well but for a whole lot worse than the
    petty incident of Mr Vilvaldi so continue having fun with Mr.
    Bonilla because he needs a whole lot of support and direction from you wow
    did I just say that wow that says it all. And by the way Mr Vilvadi has a great
    track record something well you don’t have. So repeat after me GO TEAM VILVADI!!!!

  • Puppyme1

    @ tyson, show a little compassion eh? Look who is talking?!

  • Puppyme1

    OMG! this guy Vivaldi, is such a damaged candidate! Are you sure he is not a Democrat?!