Don't 'monkey this up' and elect Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis says

Spencer Underwood
August 30, 2018

"Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis are both scraping from the bottom of the barrel", Gillum said on CNN.

DeSantis, who has represented Florida's 6th district in Congress since being elected in 2012, has frequently defended Trump on Fox News and in an advertisement in July that "teaches" his young children about the president. "I think it's going to be a great contrast and we will make sure we take it to him". He said it was the only reason he voted for DeSantis. "We will maintain a focus on investing in our human services, ensuring good jobs are available in our community, and providing our police officers with the resources they need to fight crime and continue this positive momentum".

The Florida contest came on the last big day of state nominating contests before the November 6 elections, when Democrats will try to pick up 23 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and two seats in the Senate to gain majorities and slam the brakes on Trump's legislative agenda.

Trump has lavishly praised DeSantis, one of his most reliable TV defenders, and slammed Gillum as "a failed Socialist Mayor".

Unfortunately for the president, Gillum had time and quickly responded to the president's attack posting: "What our state and country needs is decency, hope, and leadership". He has embraced liberal policies, such as a "Medicare-for-all" health-care system, but he has not identified as a socialist.

Trump surprised Florida Republicans late a year ago with his endorsement of DeSantis, and frequently tweeted about the lawmaker, one of his staunchest supporters in Washington.

DeSantis beat out Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who had seemingly built up the run for governor his entire adult life after being elected to office as a 22-year-old. "Floridians want a leader who will bring them together; Ron DeSantis has shown that he would only divide Florida".

Reaction was swift, with Florida Democratic Party chairwoman Terrie Rizzo releasing a statement, saying, "it's disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles".

In the crowded Democratic primary for governor, voters also considered former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, who was considered the early front-runner; former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine; Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene; and Orlando businessman Chris King.

Stephen Lawson, a DeSantis spokesman, later said that any characterizations of racism were unwarranted.

"Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses. To characterize it as anything else is absurd", he said. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and other progressives across the country despite the shadow cast over his administration by a federal investigation.

Asked in a Washington Post interview about the chance to be Florida's first black governor, Gillum said, "I'm trying to be the next governor of Florida".

Republican establishment favourite US Representative Martha McSally has led consistently in opinion polls over former state Senator Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a three-way battle to prove which candidate is most loyal to Trump, who won Arizona by 4 percentage points in 2016.

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