A former Republican donor, who made controversial comments about former President Barack Obama in the past, passed away after a tragic incident where he tried to harm his wife.
On Monday, October 9, near a BurgerFi restaurant at around 8 p.m., there was a distressing incident. Steve Alembik, the man in question, shot his wife, Dawn Polen, a psychologist. She ran into the restaurant, and Alembik eventually turned the gun on himself. Sadly, he didn’t survive, but his wife, though in critical condition, did.
It’s not clear why Alembik resorted to this act, but some sources suggest he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder recently.
Steve Alembik, a resident of Boca Raton, was known for his support of former President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and former Governor Rick Scott. Over the years, he had donated over $200,000 to various Republican candidates.
He had also gained notoriety for posting offensive comments about Barack Obama in 2018, using a racial slur. He later claimed it was out of frustration with Obama’s remarks about division within the Republican party, saying he wasn’t being racist but emotional.
Despite his explanations, there was widespread backlash, prompting DeSantis’ campaign to reject his donations, and Scott donated Alembik’s contribution to charity.
Steve Alembik passed away at the scene of the incident, and his ex-wife shared funeral details with the Republican Party members. Many prominent Republicans expressed their condolences on social media.
In conclusion, a former GOP donor with a history of controversial comments about Barack Obama died after a tragic incident where he tried to harm his wife before taking his own life. The motive for this act remains unclear.