Tonight, we proved what’s possible when people come together & show up to build FL into a better state for all. I’m truly honored to represent people across the state as the Democratic nominee — and I promise to stand up for everyday Floridians and the issues that matter most. – Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Democratic Candidate for Governor of Florida
FoxNews.com reports that
President Trump’s favored candidate, GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis, defeated state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in Florida’s Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday after riding the wave of the president’s enthusiastic endorsement to victory.
Meanwhile, the Bernie Sanders-backed Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum pulled off a major upset in defeating a half a dozen rivals, including former Rep. Gwen Graham, in the Democratic primary.
DeSantis and Gillum will face each other in November’s general election.
During a celebration event in Orlando, DeSantis thanked the president for “viewing me as somebody who could be a great leader for Florida.”
“Our victory is a good victory, anyways,” DeSantis said, complimenting Putnam on a hard-fought race. “But man, to beat someone of his caliber is a big, big deal.”
The president repeatedly implored voters to support DeSantis over Putnam. Trump offered his congratulations on Twitter.
“Such a fantastic win for Ron DeSantis and the people of the Great State of Florida,” Trump tweeted. “Ron will be a fantastic Governor. On to November!”
Gillum, Tallahassee’s progressive mayor backed by the Democratic-socialist Sanders, hopes to be the first black governor of Florida. His win came as a surprise, as Graham, the daughter of former Florida governor and Sen. Bob Graham, led in pre-election polls.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist star running for New York’s 14th district, praised Gillum for staking out liberal positions by supporting Medicare for all, legalizing marijuana and abolishing ICE.
“The progressive movement is transforming the country – and he proved that again tonight,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
…During a Fox News-sponsored debate in June, DeSantis played up Trump’s backing of his campaign, expressing doubt that Putnam adequately supported Trump. “I am proud to have the endorsement of President Trump in this race,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis, 39, is an Iraq War veteran and decorated military lawyer who has served in the U.S. House since 2013. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.
…Trump narrowly defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Florida in the 2016 presidential race by less than 2 percentage points.
Allow me to clue you in concerning Mayor Gillum. Here is where he stands on some of the issues.
IMMIGRATION – Andrew supports a comprehensive immigration overhaul that includes abolishment of ICE in its current form to be replaced with a more compassionate and focused agency that actually keeps us safer. Donald Trump has turned ICE into a police and child separation agency — not a border enforcement agency that treats people humanely and compassionately. A decision between security or compassionate immigration policy is a false choice; we can have them both, and Andrew promises to fight for that as Governor.
GUN SAFETY (I.E. CONTROL) – He led marches on Florida’s state capital arm-in-arm with college and high school students to demand real action on this national gun violence epidemic. He helped register high school students to vote in Broward County — only miles away from Parkland — to ensure those students have their voices heard this year. He has met with students, families, and community members affected by daily incidents of gun violence across the state, including in Tallahassee.
HEALTHCARE – Andrew believes that healthcare should be a fundamental right, not a privilege. Instead, extreme politicians refuse to acknowledge that Floridians struggle every day to keep themselves and their families from going bankrupt due to the lack or cost of healthcare. Andrew believes that Senator Sanders’ Medicare for All plan will help lower costs and expand coverage to more Floridians. Gillum has promised to fight the new health care premium increases that are a result of President Trump, Rick Scott and Congressional Republicans trying to attack Obamacare.
Beginning in 2015, the FBI launched an undercover investigation into local corruption among public figures in Tallahassee. They put an undercover operative in place who hobnobbed among the rich and powerful as an Atlanta Developer named Mike Miller, who was there pitching plans for revitalizing Downtown with a project costing millions of dollars.
Per USAToday.com, in an article posted on 8/24/2017…
Many of Miller’s liaisons were facilitated by a local lobbyist, Adam Corey, and his associate Nick Lowe, a former Tallahassee Police Department officer. The duo set up the meeting at the Power Plant Café – where expanding the redevelopment area was discussed – as well as others with county and city officials, including Corey’s friend Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is running for governor.
…Two weeks before he met with Mike Miller, Mayor Gillum introduced former president Bill Clinton to a group of local Democrats at an exclusive backyard fundraiser.
The former commander in chief, wearing a blue pin-striped suit and pink tie, boasted about his wife’s success with black Southern voters and posed for pictures at $2,700 a pop. Gillum, already a key part of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and on her short list for appointments, stood behind the former president. His political stock was soaring
A year later, Gillum, 38, is a top candidate for Florida governor, but no one is talking much about the Clintons anymore. Everyone wants to know about that mid-May meeting over tapas and drinks with the undercover agent.
The mayor’s office has acknowledged Gillum met with Miller, an appointment with the undercover agent was noted on his calendar. His city commission colleague Scott Maddox, former head of the state Democratic Party, also hasn’t said whether he met the mystery developer.
Mayor Gillum’s Former Campaign Treasurer has been issued a Federal Subpoena. However details as to the corruption that the Feds are looking into are unknown at this point.
Mayor Gillum remains silent on the subject.
Florida is a unique state, there is no doubt about that.
It is famous for its “Snowbirds”, tourists and transplants from the Northeast who come down to the Sunshine State to vacation or to relocate.
And, of course. there is also a sizable Hispanic Population in the Southern portion of the state.
Looking at Mayor Gillum’s victory last night, it appears that there are a lot of Democrats who want to be a part of Gillum’s “Democratic Socialist Paradise”.
I am certain that the “Old Money Democrats” in Florida did not take Gillum seriously.
After all, they had the daughter of a Former Governor running against him.
The problem for the old guard in the Democratic Party is that the swing to the left of the Political Spectrum which they started has traveled all the way to the end of the left side, replacing Old Fashioned Liberalism with Marxism disguised as “Democratic Socialism”.
And now, the Democratic Elite in Florida has become a victim of its own device.
In their rush for Social Programs, Social Justice, and Special Interest, they created a generation of voters who, just like the silly folks in the Geico Commercials, want MORE.
However, the joke’s on them.
Marxism never works. It is always the Politicians in the Central Government who prosper. Not the average workers.
That is why it remains just a theory.
Until He Comes,