In the Florida gubernatorial debate Wednesday even, Democrat Andrew Gillum delivered a deeply biting rebuke to Republican Ron DeSantis' troubling history of allying with demonstrated racists. In addition to the "Hamilton" tickets, these documents also detailed communications regarding trips the four men had taken to New York, Amelia Island, Miami, Costa Rica, and Qatar.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents posing as Tallahassee property developers reportedly paid for Florida gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum's tickets to see hit musical "Hamilton" on Broadway - raising new ethics questions just two weeks before the November 6 election. The released documents include a text message from Gillum in which he confirms he's being given free Broadway tickets from the man who turned out to be the undercover agent. His campaign has said the ticket was given to him by his brother Marcus, who attended the show with him, the agent and Corey, who volunteered as finance chair on Gillum's 2014 mayoral campaign.
In the RealClear Politics average of polls, Gillum holds a 4.5 percentage point lead over DeSantis.
They show Corey helped to set up the NY trip, as well as a trip to Costa Rica, and helped make connections with Miller and other lobbyists. "Now I'm not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist, I'm simply saying the racists believe he's a racist". "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".
"This is what local corruption looks like", DeSantis said earlier today on Fox News.
"I take responsibility for not having asked more questions", Gillum responded. "I'm a hardworking person". "I can tell you we are not doing it, and I think the people doing it are doing it because they are trying to create division".
Gillum sidestepped the question with an indirect response.
Gillum defended himself, saying he believed the tickets were given to his brother in exchange for Jay-Z concert pass. Rhodes also was behind another racist robocall targeting Gillum in August, as well as similar calls in Spokane, California, Iowa and Virginia.
"These records vindicate and add more evidence that at every turn I was paying my own way or was with my family, for all trips, including picking up tickets from my brother, Marcus, who was with a group of his own friends".
Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis attends a campaign rally at Mo's Bagels restaurant on October 23, 2018 in Miami. "Andrew supports a single-payer plan which will force people off Medicare, force people off their employer plans and put them on a government-run single-payer plan that is wrong". "I mean, you name it", he said. "Have you seen Hamilton?". "He basically said he paid for it".
In one of the emails from June 2016, Corey promised his accountant a break-down of an $8,868 credit card charge.
That list shows Gillum and his wife, R. Jai Gillum, were responsible for $941.95, but that line was crossed out.
Gillum said he would have pushed for a stronger bill than Scott signed.
Both candidates have secured their party bases with 96 percent of Democrats for Gillum and 89 percent of Republicans for DeSantis. It appears Gillum hasn't been giving voters a straight story about his trips.
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