Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis slug it out in Florida governor's debate

Minnie Murray
October 29, 2018

"We see it on the ground - in some of the state's most conservative counties - people are showing up, volunteering and voting for Andrew Gillum because they want a governor who will make Floridians a priority", said Carlie Waibel, spokeswoman for Gillum's campaign. The commission is now investigating claims made against Gillum, accusing him of accepting gifts from city lobbyists.

As government stings go, the Gillum trap seems mild compared to ABSCAM: the splashy gotcha moment in the late 1970s that revealed collusion between organized crime and government leaders.

"Marcus Gillum gave Mayor Gillum a ticket to see "Hamilton" that night", the campaign claimed on September 4. Corey said to Miller, "Attached is the invoice for the dinner you graciously offered to sponsor".

Corey helped arrange meetings with Gillum on behalf of the undercover agent, but his lawyer has declined to answer questions on whether Corey was working in tandem with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Miller, who was posing as a developer interested in working on Tallahassee's south side, is believed to be an undercover FBI agent investigating political corruption in Tallahassee.

In a message from August 8, 2016 - only made public this week - Corey texts Gillum saying, "Mike Miller and the crew have tickets for us for Hamilton tonight at 8pm", then asks if Gillum can join them and notes: "I think your brother has already arrived by the way". He explained that he thought his younger brother, Marcus, had exchanged Jay-Z and Beyoncé tickets for the "Hamilton" tickets.

Gillum, however, did reference man's best friend when talking about DeSantis in the second debate Wednesday in Davie.

Kise, who has been has been compiling the records in response to a Florida Commission on Ethics probe looking into whether Gillum accepted gifts worth more than $100 without disclosing them during the NY trip and a trip to Costa Rica. One, Jacob Engels, a contributor to the far-right conspiracy website Infowars, shouted that Gillum is "a radical Jew hater who supports mob violence", drawing a loud chorus of boos from the crowd. "We're going to continue to do it". "I'm simply saying the racists believe he's a racist", Gillum said in a retort that quickly went viral. Adam Corey became a lobbyist.

Tallahassee mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum delivered an answer so good and so cutting when asked about his opponent's ties to racist groups that it single-handedly redeemed the state.

Even if Gillum's account is correct, however, under Florida law it's still considered an indirect gift, even if his brother was acting as a go-between.

A Siena College/New York Times poll taken October 23-24 showed Gillum with an eight-point lead over DeSantis among likely voters. "I will get all the rooms booked". "In fact, we got 99 issues and Hamilton ain't one of them". "I will let others know we are open for business".

"These disgusting, abhorrent robocalls represent a continuation of the ugliest, most divisive campaign in Florida's history", said Geoff Burgan, a spokesman for Gillum's campaign.

With under two weeks until election day, Gillum maintains a slim lead ahead of DeSantis in the polls. It is against Florida law for political committee to accept donations without reporting them.

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