Money didn't talk in Florida's gubernatorial primaries

31 August, 2018, 22:03 | Author: Rachel Logan
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"It's disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles", Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo wrote on Twitter.

If elected, Gillum would be Florida's first African-American governor.

Gillum, 39, this week unexpectedly beat out a field of five other candidates in Florida's Democratic primary to land him in a November face-off with Republican U.S. Rep.Ron DeSantis for the seat left open by the GOP's term-limited Gov. Rick Scott.

On the Democratic side, the Sanders-backed Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won an upset victory over the establishment candidate, former Rep. Gwen Graham (D-Fla.), to win the gubernatorial nomination. And city hall itself has been under investigation by the FBI for corruption, although Gillum has said he is not a target of the investigation.

Gillum is black. DeSantis' comments were nearly immediately ripped out of context and interpreted as racially motivated. That's not going to work.

Gillum indicated to Fox News' Shepard Smith that DeSantis' comment ran abreast of numerous controversial statements of President Donald Trump when he was campaigning for the White House in 2015 and 2016. "They've done it before, and unfortunately, it was far too close to an election that I think impacted its outcome", said Gillum.

"To characterise it as anything else is absurd", Mr Lawson said in a statement. And that hope now rests with a progressive candidate who could become the first black governor in Florida's history.

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Tallahassee has seen a spike in homicides, but its overall crime rate has declined, although it remains the highest in the state.

This group of pastors agree and is asking the Republican nominee for governor to apologize to the people of Florida and his opponent.

"In the governor's race, there is massive gender gap with Gillum leading among women by 21 and DeSantis leading among men by 13", Ulvert noted.

In a tweet Wednesday, Trump says McSally is "an extraordinary woman".

Williams, though agreeing with MacCallum "in spirit" with respect to assuming the best about DeSantis, pointed out that President Trump has repeatedly called out black members of Congress such as Maxine Waters, and that this has contributed to societal racial tensions.

The new approach - being taken by Gillum and also Abrams in Georgia and some Democrats in other states - eschews moderation and emphasizes advocacy of strongly progressive positions.

"Once it clicked for them that there was someone in the race focused on their interests", said Dwight Bullard, political director for New Florida Vision PAC, "they were attracted to those ideas and the person who embodied them".

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