Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum insult each other in final Florida debate

29 October, 2018, 18:34 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Florida gov hopeful reportedly got Hamilton tickets from undercover FBI agent

Gillum, who also debated DeSantis Sunday on CNN, mockingly pointed out that his opponent, a former congressman, continued to call him "Andrew" on stage in both events - a decision that some politicos found to be poor form.

"How the hell am I supposed to know every statement somebody's made?" he said.

I hope that after Gillum serves as Governor, he decides to run for President because I sure would like to vote for someone who doesn't hold back in calling out the racism of his opponents. He has denied the remark was a reference to Gillum's race.

And the reputation of that man, Mayor Andrew Gillum, seems to have been bought with free tickets to Broadway blockbuster Hamilton and a sweet deal on a vacation villa in Costa Rica.

The Florida gubernatorial candidate came under fire this week after it was revealed that he received a ticket to see "Hamilton" on Broadway from an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent posing as a developer. "When I got there after work, got my ticket, we went in and saw it, assumed my brother paid for it".

He claimed the tickets were a gift from his brother, which means they wouldn't need to be reported.

Gillum replied, "Awesome news about Hamilton".

Gillum attacked DeSantis for his endorsement by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and favors more restrictions on gun ownership.

In an April 2016 email between Adam Corey, a former city lobbyist, and Brice Barnes, the former finance director for the Florida Democratic Party, Corey wrote, "Please note that Mike Miller will not be contributing the 5K mentioned below". When asked to return that money, he said no. "In fact, we've got 99 issues and Hamilton ain't one of them".


DeSantis argued that Gillum's explanations didn't make sense - and suggested the corruption probe was hitting closer to home than Gillum cared to admit.

"If you want to own the power of God at your waist belt, you should have a background check".

On Twitter, Republican media consultant Brian Burgess blasted Gillum's handling of the matter and accused him of playing the race card in his Facebook post. I can tell you, we're not doing it.

Democrats were largely inclined to side with Gillum, who by other measures was having a fine day Tuesday.

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. "But now we know that".

The Florida Commission on Ethics released 150 pages of documents, which include text messages, emails, and photos that are related to interaction between Gillum, his brother, Corey, and Miller.

"... they've wanted the people of this state to believe somehow I haven't deserved what I've gotten, I'm unethical, participated in illegal and illicit activity".

"These things are also not only created to go after their base of voters who they think is going to be motivated by these kinds of things, but there's also a little bit of an effort to throw me off my game", Gillum said.

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