Andrew Gillum Suggests Racism Behind Scrutiny of Corruption Probe

Former Vice President Joe Biden gestures as Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum left and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson D-Fla. right look on during a campaign rally for Gillum and Nelson on Monday in Tampa Fla

On Wednesday, Democrat candidate Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis squared off again in an hourlong debate, with topics ranging from the ongoing FBI corruption investigation into Gillum - now the mayor of Tallahassee - to accusations that DeSantis is receiving campaign support from neo-Nazis.

Gillum, who would be the state's first black governor if elected, made the comment while discussing DeSantis' decision to speak at conferences hosted by David Horowitz, an anti-Muslim conservative political activist.

The issue took center stage during Sunday's debate between Gillum and DeSantis during which DeSantis directly asked: "Did you pay for the "Hamilton" ticket, or did the undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent pay for the "Hamilton" ticket?"

"So I's promise, if you make me, Andrew Gillum, the governor, every peoples that be ailin' will get all the chicken feets they need", the voice on the call says. "I mean, you name it".

A Siena College/New York Times poll taken October 23-24 showed Gillum with an eight-point lead over DeSantis among likely voters.

At one point, DeSantis brought up the FBI investigation in Tallahassee - one that Gillum said he is not named in.

Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum agreed that some people are being pushed over the edge by extreme political rhetoric. "In fact, we got 99 issues and Hamilton ain't one of them".

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Therefore, Ianni has been given until 6pm on Thursday 25 October 2018 to respond to the charge levelled against him. "It is alleged that his behaviour in the 96th minute constituted improper conduct".

Gillum defended himself, saying he believed the tickets were given to his brother in exchange for Jay-Z concert pass. "The problem that I have is that I should have asked more questions to make sure that everything that had transpired was above board". At the time, Gillum was unaware of the agent's true identity.

The Democrat has said he paid for all expenses related to trips he took to New York City and Costa Rica.

Gillum was referring to a tweet by Florida businessman Steven Alembik, who also is known for calling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a "senile fool" who "can't die soon enough".

In newly released text messages, Corey texted Gillum and said "Just checking in with you".

"When asked to return that money he said no", Gillum continued. "In the state of Florida, we've got a lot of issues".

Gillum was quick to point out DeSantis' apparent tactics.

"Low-earning people are going to be hurt the most", DeSantis said. "If you want to fire a weapon that shoots multiple rounds of ammunition in 60 seconds you join the military". "When Andrew deals with them, he deals with an undercover agent, posing as a contractor he was on a junket with, in New York City". Rhodes also was behind another racist robocall targeting Gillum in August, as well as similar calls in Spokane, California, Iowa and Virginia. "Mike Miller and the crew have tickets for us for Hamilton tonight at 8 p.m". "He said I'm a grown man, I pay for my stuff", DeSantis said.

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