Gillum vs. DeSantis: Five takeaways from last night's debate

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum speaks to supporters after he was endorsed by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello during a campaign rally on Oct. 1 in Kissimmee

In a compilation of statewide polls by RealClearPolitics, Democrat Andrew Gillum (the mayor of Tallahassee) leads Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis by an average of 4.5 points.

Chestnut, who is black, said she believes the call was "specifically created to intimidate me and any other African-Americans that hold a leadership role".

Gillum wasted no time turning Wednesday's news of pipe bombs sent to Democratic figures into an attack on President Donald Trump and DeSantis. Gillum asked his opponent.

Text messages between Gillum and former lobbyist Adam Corey, who arranged outings with undercover agents looking into city government corruption, were among more than 100 pages of records Corey gave the ethics commission, which is investigating trips to Costa Rica and NY that Gillum took in 2016...

"Well, let me first say - my grandmother used to say, 'a hit dog will holler, '" Gillum said of his opponent, former Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.). DeSantis went after Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, Fla., for lying about receiving a ticket to the musical, "Hamilton", from an undercover FBI agent investigating his office for corruption.

But DeSantis is using the incident as a weapon in the campaign and is quoted as saying, "It's now abundantly clear that Andrew Gillum has repeatedly lied about taking free gifts and trips from lobbyists".

On Tuesday, text messages were made public about the source of tickets Gillum received to the Broadway musical "Hamilton" that appear to contradict his statements at the first debate on the issue.




The Tampa Bay Times reports that an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent posing as a developer was investigating city corruption when he gifted Gillum a ticket. I can tell you, we're not doing it. Gillum has said he disagrees with the group's support of the Palestinian cause. Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, is a frequent critic of the president.

DeSantis questioned the moderator's data from the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office's report that rejected the healthcare plan that the former congressman and his GOP colleagues promoted. An attorney representing a Tallahassee lobbyist turned over the documents Tuesday in response to a subpoena from Florida's ethics commission.

Yet text messages included in the records obtained by the Tampa Bay Times call that claim into question. We did go see Hamilton.

However, POLITICO is reporting that newly released information from Adam Corey's lawyer indicates Gillum did not pay for the accommodations. A trip for that company is the reason Gillum was originally on the trip to NY. "I'm simply saying the racists believe he is a racist".

Previously, Gillum said that he and his wife paid cash for the May 2016 Costa Rica accommodations. "Mike Miller and the crew have tickets for us for Hamilton tonight at 8 p.m.", Corey texted Gillum August 10, 2016. They came after me in my primary with millions and millions of dollars attacking me every which way.

DeSantis replied, 'Businesses will leave the state, people will lose jobs and we'll stop people from investing in Florida.

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