Dem Gillum Leading GOP's DeSantis for Florida Governor Polls

The Tallahassee mayor and Democratic nominee who could become the state's first Black governor's comments came in a tweet Wednesday morning that was likely in reference to the onslaught of Republican- and white nationalist-funded efforts like this week's racist robocalls to voters.

Gillum went after DeSantis for being deceptive, saying he should do better since they're on CNN. DeSantis continued to press.

"Now, I'm not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist, I'm simply saying the racists believe he's a racist", Gillum said.

"How the hell am I supposed to know every single statement someone makes?"

Geoff Burgan, a spokesman for Gillum's campaign, said August 31 in response to written questions from The New York Times that Marcus Gillum had given the mayor the ticket.

Gillum told the crowd of mostly supporters that he is a "deep and unapologetic supporter of Israel" and has visited the country three times.

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 hello there. I is the negro Andrew Gillum and I'll be askin" you to make me governor of this here state of Florida, ' the voice says on the call.

DeSantis spoke at Temple Kol Ami earlier this month, telling the audience he would be "the most pro-Israel governor in America".

Gillum opened up a 6-point lead over Republican Trump backer Rep. Ron DeSantis in the latest Quinnipiac University poll. And in an email statement, the Florida Democratic Party, citing the Naples Daily News, called DeSantis's decision to withhold the information "a stunning failure to be transparent with Floridians - that's made even worse by the fact that that some of the travel was used to fund two trips to New York City to appear on Fox New and boost his public profile". Gillum also leads with Hispanics 59 percent to 36 percent.

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When the trip to NY became news back in September, Gillum's campaign released a statement saying that his brother Marcus had obtained the ticket in a swap.

The message, which is laid over background audio of a choir singing harmonies, goes on to mock Gillum's healthcare plan by claiming he'd give "chicken feet" to everyone in Florida to place under their pillows rather than provide "the white man's" science-based, medicine.

Gillum was quick to point out DeSantis' apparent tactics.

"Did you pay for the Hamilton tickets?"

"He wants you to believe that he's not under investigation", he said.

"Because you won't answer the question", DeSantis fired back, later asking, "But question is, did you pay for the "Hamilton" ticket or did the undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent pay for the "Hamilton" ticket?" He said he supported Trump's transfer of the USA embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and called attending May's opening ceremony "awesome".

DESANTIS: Well, Andrew, did you pay - did you pay for the trip? "He lied the other day".

On Tuesday, voters began receiving phone calls with a pre-recorded message from a narrator pretending to be Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and speaking with intentionally poor and offensive grammar. "But now we know that".

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

  • Sonia Alvarado