On the 28th of August 2018, there was the news of a major upset when the progressive democratic candidate , the Tallahassee, FL. Mayor Andrew Gillum garnered the voters’ blessing to represent them to become the next Florida governor. This was not expected. The establishment candidate, Gwen Graham had been ahead in the polls for weeks and had outspent him by millions of dollars.
In the morning of the 29th of August 2018, Mr. Gillum was already appearing on TV morning news shows like MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ show.
The republicans will be throwing the term ‘socialist’ in a toxic way to frame the person of Andrew Gillum and that’s to be expected.
If being a socialist means representing the decent hard working folks of Florida, so be it. If it means addressing the issues of medicaid expansion, climate change, top notch affordable education, sensible gun control measures, then so be it. What it really means is that he is hearing and committing to helping Floridians on issues that matter and make a difference to them.
What is not to be expected…
What Mr. Gillum is not doing, is taking a page out of his republican Trumpian opponent, Ron Desantis who started off his campaign in an interview on FOX TV News with words about his democratic opponent like:
“The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state.”
Of course, the campaign staff of Mr. Desantis has been protesting and denying that it was not his intent to issue a statement with racist undertones in his interview on FOX TV.
Excuse me! Mr. Desantis is the the same candidate that the republican President Donald J. Trump promoted via his Florida rallies, tweets, and fund raising. His being a fan of President Trump does not give him the benefit of the doubt. It was exactly what he had intended.
Here is the rest of the story…
On August 29, 20198 Caroline Kenny of CNN News penned the following report, ‘Florida’s GOP gubernatorial nominee says a vote for his black opponent would ‘monkey this up’
“Fresh off his victory in the Florida Republican gubernatorial primary, Rep. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that voters would “monkey this up” if they elected his African-American opponent, Andrew Gillum, to be governor, immediately drawing accusations of racism.”
“A spokeswoman for Fox News reached out to CNN early Wednesday afternoon to distance the network from DeSantis’ remark, saying, “We do not condone this language and wanted to make our viewers aware that he has since clarified his statement.”