Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum targeted by second racist robocall

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Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee, seemingly took offense to his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis repeatedly referring to him by his first name during a debate Wednesday night. He wrote to Corey, "Just tell them to let me know what their flights cost and I will cover it".

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

Newly released messages between Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for Florida governor, and a lobbyist friend seem to contradict his claim that his brother had purchased tickets to see the Broadway musical, "Hamilton". 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.

Gillum called the GOP tax overhaul that boosted the bottom line for corporations a failure for working class families.

The call once again injects the issue of race and racism into a campaign that has been dominated by the topic ever since the first day of the general election when DeSantis, speaking about his opponent's economic policies, said Florida voters would "monkey this up" by electing Gillum. "I arrived at the theater and received my ticket from my brother", Gillum said.

The New York Post is reporting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, using the name Mike Miller, gave the tickets, valued at several hundred dollars, to Gillum. "I know that may not fit your description of what you think people like me do". When asked to return that money, he said no.

The Mysterious Ticket Andrew Gillum the Democratic candidate for Florida Governor, speaks during a campaign rally at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades on August 31, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.

"All along 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", Gillum responded. "In fact, we've got 99 issues and Hamilton ain't one of them".

Gillum also hit DeSantis on his refusal to reveal receipts related to $145,000 worth of taxpayer-funded travel when he was in Congress for trips that included interviews with Fox News. In June, Gillum signed the left-wing group's pledge not to take campaign donations from the National Rifle Association and private prison corporations.

The Hamilton ticket isn't the only part of this FBI investigation scandal.

Gillum has said he and his wife paid cash for the May 2016 Costa Rica accommodations, a contention refuted in the newly released emails. "The idea that I accepted a gift never came to me".

The Democrat and Republican also accused each other of running divisive campaigns and lying about their records.

He said he released his receipts from his travel to NY and Costa Rica that are being reviewed by the Florida Commission on Ethics, and criticized DeSantis for withholding receipts from the Naples Daily News for travel through his congressional office.

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