Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

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

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

The incident occurred in August 2016 and is just coming to light just two weeks from the hotly contested Florida governor's race, in which Gillum is leading his Republican rival, Ron DeSantis.

"Attached is the invoice for the dinner you graciously offered to sponsor", Corey wrote to Miller five days after the fundraiser. "No", he said. "I'm for police accountability, but law enforcement society can not work, and, quite frankly, law enforcement can not do its job if it does not have a trusting relationship with the community". When a businessman filed two ethics complaints alleging that Gillum traveled for free with lobbyist friends to Costa Rica and faux developers to NY but failed to disclose it, the mayor again said he was innocent.

Another email noted that Gillum sent Miller a personal note to thank him for co-sponsoring the food.

Throughout the campaign, DeSantis has decried Gillum's plan to raise the state's corporate tax rate 40 percent, in order to put a billion dollars into education and teacher salaries. "As mentioned it was a bit higher than I expected because of some last minute attendees so let me know what you would like to cover and I'll handle the rest".

DeSantis reiterated his daily attack on Gillum as a corrupt liar, specifically on the biggest political news in Florida this week, a 130-page list of text messages and photos from 2016, all subpoenaed by the state's Commission on Ethics, which is investigating the mayor.

"We've really seen a collapsing of our political discourse", Gillum said.

In his speech, Gillum hit upon a number of campaign issues, including his position on what he called "common sense gun reform", including background checks and a ban on assault-style weapons. Under Florida's ethics rules, any gift more than $100 must be reported, which these weren't.

For the second time this week, Tallahassee Mayor and gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum is facing scrutiny after records show an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent helped pay for a fundraiser for his political action committee.

Friday's records show Leach billed Corey $200 for the round-trip flight aboard his company's jet. The address listed on the report was previously listed as a nightclub called The Venue.

"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. "I mean, you name it", he said this week.

The goal of the Atlanta trip is unknown. Gillum said he supports a referendum on the ballot next month that automatically would restore voting rights to most ex-cons.

Tuesday's release of private emails and text messages by a former friend detailing the mayor's trips to Central America with lobbyists and to NY with federal investigators couldn't have come at a worse time for Gillum. "You will have to ask him for his credit card records to determine whether he paid for them himself".

The complaint was filed this year by Tallahassee businessman Erwin Jackson, a longtime Gillum critic.

The Tallahassee mayor took responsibility for "not having asked more questions" about the exchange, but then tried to downplay the issue in the context of the race: "I'm running for governor and the state of Florida, we got a lot of issues", he said.

This is a developing story.

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