Trump has taken a keen interest in the race for Florida governor, especially after his personally endorsed candidate, Ron DeSantis, got repeatedly thrashed at debates with Gillum last week. He resurrected a supposed racist "dog whistle" uttered by DeSantis when he urged voters not to "monkey this up" by turning away from the GOP. Gillum said. "I felt surely somebody prepared him a little bit better than this to come on this stage and have nothing to say about what he wants to do for the people of the state of Florida". "Mr. DeSantis has got neo-Nazis helping him out in this state, he has spoken at racist conferences, he accepted a contribution - and would not return it - from someone who referred to the former president of the United States as a Muslim n-i-g-g-e-r". DeSantis said when McDermott noted that Horowitz had indeed made the comments at the conference.
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".
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Gillum repeated his explanation that, at the time, he assumed his brother Marcus had paid for the Hamilton ticket, by trading it for a Jay-Z concert ticket.
"Awesome news about Hamilton", Gillum replied, according to the records. Make Republicans explain why they're the favored party of bigots.
"Anyone that's against Trump, helps me out", said Prevatte. "He wants you to believe that he is not under investigation".
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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.
"The mayor was invited by Peter Leach to a meeting at his office to learn about some of the work he was doing to advance wrap-around social services in schools and housing developments", Gillum's chief of staff, Jamie Van Pelt, told the Tallahassee Democrat past year.
"First of all, I am a grown man". "He lied the other day".
The text messages show that, contrary to what his campaign has said, Gillum knew the tickets came from "Mike Miller", who was an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent posing as a developer looking into city corruption. "But now we know that". An attorney for Corey, the Tallahassee lobbyist and developer who coordinated both trips, said he released the documents after they were subpoenaed by the state's ethics commission. We did go to see "Hamilton.' I did get my ticket to 'Hamilton" from my brother.
Gillum's campaign pushed back on Tuesday against any implication that he had misled the public, saying that his brother, the previously named source of the ticket, was part of the "crew" cited in the text.
"I should have asked more questions to make sure that everything that transpired was above board", Gillum said, before quickly trying to switch topics.